Target: Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner
Goal: Protect Great Apes from unnecessary and torturous medical research.
For years, great apes have been used for invasive research in many scientific fields. This is especially in regards to chimpanzees and the field of medicine. Despite having found to be poor subjects to be used in place of humans, government-bred and owned chimpanzees are still being used to study human disease. Not only is invasive research on chimpanzees expensive, it is also inhumane.
Chimpanzees are often kept in cramped cages, completely isolated from social contact. Every day they may be exposed to painful biopsies, harmful injections, and purposefully-induced disease and disability. Their environment is physically and psychologically distressing, which is very apparent to outside observers.
Chimpanzees and other great apes are remarkably intelligent. They have the ability to create and use tools, interpret social cues, use sign language to communicate, and even out-perform humans on certain memory tasks. They have also been shown to feel a wide range of emotions, including love, depression, humor, anxiety, happiness, embarrassment, and fear.
The proposed bill, which was reintroduced in 2009 by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), would ban the use of all great apes in harmful, invasive research of all fields. It will apply to chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, and others. Current government-owned chimpanzees held in research labs would be sent to sanctuaries. Federal funding for invasive research on great apes inside and outside of the United States would be banned. Cost-effective, non-invasive alternative methods of research would be used instead.
Please help put an end to this cruel and costly research by signing the petition below, which will be sent to the U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Please help put an end to harmful, invasive research on chimpanzees by co-sponsoring the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. The proposed bill will put an end to costly and inhumane invasive medical research performed on chimpanzees, while protecting all great apes from being used in any field of invasive research.
The conditions in which chimpanzees are being housed for research are appalling. Chimpanzees are held prisoner in cold, isolated cages while undergoing a battery of emotionally and physically distressing tests and procedures. They are purposefully exposed to painful and deadly diseases, causing profound psychological consequences.
Despite being genetically similar to humans, chimpanzees have been found to be poor subjects to be used in place of humans for medical research, as chimpanzees often response differently to disease than humans. The high cost of using chimpanzees in medical research is also costing taxpayers millions. There are many other cost-effective and humane alternatives, such as in-vitro testing, computer imaging techniques, and others. I beg that you help put an end to the torturous and unnecessary invasive research being brought upon chimpanzees today by supporting the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.
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