Ask your members of Congress to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810).
This bill would ban the use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments, end federal breeding programs, and release federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
This bipartisan bill makes sense—ethically, scientifically, and financially.
The United States is the last developed country to use chimpanzees for experiments. Research shows chimpanzees in laboratories suffer similarly to human victims of trauma, and only 20 percent of chimpanzees in laboratories are used in research while the others are warehoused in barren cages for years at taxpayer expense.
Research funding would be better spent on superior modern research and testing methods, such as ethical, human-centered studies, mathematical modeling, and in vitro testing.
Although chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives, significant genetic and physiological differences between humans and chimpanzees affect disease susceptibility and progression and treatment efficacy. Yet between fiscal years 2000 and 2010, more than $200 million in federal research money was wasted on unethical experiments using chimpanzees. Research funding would be better spent on superior modern research and testing methods, such as human-centered studies, mathematical modeling, and in vitro testing.
The biological, emotional, and social needs of chimpanzees cannot be met in a captive laboratory environment. Similar to human victims of trauma, chimpanzees suffer in laboratories, exhibiting signs of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I urge you to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810).
It is time to stop funding the suffering of chimpanzees and shift our support to sophisticated, ethical, human-centered research methods that are better for human health.