Chimpanzees in U.S. Labs Need Your Help Now
Mar 6, 2009
At Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center 66 orphans live in peace with their adoptive chimpanzee families. Their mothers were killed for the commercial trade in ape meat and as small babies they were taken from the forest to be sold.
Many chimpanzees who share the same sad beginning suffer a much different fate. For chimpanzee orphans sold to U.S. research facilities, the suffering has yet to end. These individuals have yet to find a comforting embrace or a moment of peace.
On March 4, ABC Nightline featured the story of more than 300 chimpanzees languishing at Iberia Research Facility in Louisiana, one of the world's largest primate research facilities. An undercover investigation by HSUS shined light on the egregious treatment of hundreds of chimpanzees and monkeys. The stories are heart wrenching, particularly that of 26 elder chimpanzees, the oldest of whom was captured in 1958 and has lived behind bars since.
We have an opportunity to help. The Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA) has been reintroduced in Congress and your voice is needed.
This legislation would phase out invasive research on the more than 1,000 chimpanzees remaining in U.S. laboratories, and lay the groundwork for permanent retirement of the approximately 500 chimpanzees owned by the federal government, including chimpanzees at the New Iberia Research Center.
PLEASE, call your Congressional Representative today and ask him/her to cosponsor the Towns-Reichert Great Ape Protection Act, to stop the cruelty and to save taxpayers millions of dollars; our money used to fund horrific "research".
You can find your Congressional Representative at www.congress.org. Scroll to mid-page and type in your zip code.
You will talk with a staff person when you call. Say that you are a constituent calling to ask your Representative to please cosponsor the Towns-Reichert Great Ape Protection Act to help chimpanzees and other primates suffering in research laboratories. Be sure to leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. (Towns and Reichert are the bill sponsors)
After you call today, please ask everyone you know to do the same.
The only difference between the chimpanzees in laboratories and our beloved chimpanzees at Sanaga-Yong Center is that those in labs are still waiting for rescue. Please help turn the tide for chimpanzees behind locked doors so that someday they too may feel the earth beneath their feet and the love of a family in their hearts.
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