Help End Chimpanzee Research
  • Petitioned Merck

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Merck
President and CEO
Kenneth Frazier

Help End Chimpanzee Research

    1. Brandon & Deanna Wood
    2. Petition by

      Brandon & Deanna Wood

      Kissimmee, FL

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February 2014

Victory

This is a victory for the chimpanzees! I want to thank everyone who supported the petition and also who took the time to write letters on behalf of the chimps. I especially want to thank Merck Pharmaceuticals for committing to this cause and being a great example to other pharmaceutical companies. -Brandon Wood

My name is Brandon Wood and I've been trying to save chimpanzees from research ever since I learned how chimps are treated in labs when I was 9 years old. Now I'm 12, and I'm so excited that the National Institutes of Health is finally talking about ending experiments on chimpanzees. I'm really happy for the chimps owned by the government, but I can't stop thinking about the hundreds of chimpanzees stuck in private labs for experiments paid for by drug companies like Merck.

The US is the only developed country that still experiments on chimpanzees. Lots of studies have shown that research on chimps is unnecessary, so scientists should focus on the more effective kinds of research that don't hurt chimpanzees. Not only are the tests painful and unnecessary, but the chimps are kept in really bad conditions, stuck in cages as small as my kitchen table for their whole lives.

Some drug companies, like Gilead Sciences, have already promised not to use chimpanzees. Merck says they care about animal welfare, and they're a huge company that can make a big difference in ending chimpanzee research for good if they tell everyone that they don't need to run painful tests on chimpanzees any more. If the government has done it, so can Merck.

Chimps are my favorite animals. Please help me and my mom save them from experiments by asking Merck to promise not to test on them anymore.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Newly Released Research Chimps Enjoy Retirement at Sanctuary

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organiser

      "For the first time in their lives, four aging chimpanzees once used in federal research can go outside whenever they like. They can lie on the grass, clamber onto a platform 20 feet up on a chimp-style jungle gym and gaze freely at the open sky, the vista unbroken by steel bars...Julius' group is among 111 chimpanzees coming to Chimp Haven over the next 18 months from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center. They could be the vanguard of a much larger immigration of former research chimps on the way to the refuge in Keithville."

      Federal research chimps savor retirement at Chimp Haven

      KEITHVILLE- For the first time in their lives, four aging chimpanzees once used in federal research can go outside whenever they like. They can lie on the grass, clamber onto a platform 20 feet up on a chimp-style jungle gym and gaze freely at the open sky, the vista unbroken by steel bars.

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Liz Stroud ASHEVILLE, NC
      • 5 months ago

      It's time to end all these inhumane things that we do. There are other ways to do medical research. Animals feel pain. How can we continue this? Thank you for this caring boy. We need more children to care like this.

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    • michelle stuart HESPERIA, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Why test on anything if you will NEVER get ACCURATE 100% ACCURATE reults? humans DO NOT have FUR ALL OVER THIER BODIES! TEST ON HUMANS if you need 100% results or why the hell bother? HELP STOP THIS NONSENSE! HELP us put this all to an END! HELP SPREAD THIS FAR AND WIDE! It is ALL wrong

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    • Judith Williams LEWISTON, ME
      • 5 months ago

      All animals deserve better treatment from humans

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    • Laura Guilfoyle SAUSALITO, CA
      • 5 months ago

      it is unconscionable to subject intelligent animals to torture.

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    • brandon ross LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Love animals

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