The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has postponed their plan to move 186 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility where they have not been used in research for a decade, to a laboratory in San Antonio, Texas where they will be subjected to painful, invasive experiments.
The Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA) will be reintroduced this congressional session. GAPA will end painful, ineffective, unethical experiments on chimpanzees in all U.S. laboratories and release the 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
Please send the e-mail below that asks your U.S. representative to urge National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., to permanently retire the Alamorgordo chimpanzees.
Flo (pictured here), at 53 years old, is the oldest of the Alamogordo chimpanzees.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has halted their plan to move 186 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico to a laboratory in San Antonio, Texas pending an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report assessing the need for the continued use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments.
Chimpanzee experimentation has declined significantly in recent years because scientists have recognized the inapplicability of chimpanzee-based research to human diseases like HIV/AIDS and using these animals is often cost-prohibitive. Permanent retirement for the APF chimpanzees, who have already had to sacrifice so much of their lives, would mean better lives for them, better scientific research, and a far better legacy for the nation.
Please ask NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., to permanently retire the Alamogordo chimpanzees. As your constituent I also ask that you co-sponsor the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA) when it is reintroduced in the 112th Congress. GAPA will end painful and invasive research on chimpanzees and release the 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries, saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year. Ending the use of chimpanzees in experiments makes ethical, economic and scientific sense.
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