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ACT: End USA Disgrace - Experiments On Great Apes



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Most Of World Already Bans It
But in the USA, chimpanzees and great apes are still induced with human disease, poisoned, and wounded in research labs. They endure pain, isolation, tedium, fear…and ultimately death. Some even display post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons) are most like us, yet not enough to produce data relevant to human health. Plus, taxpayer money spent on federally-maintained apes in labs far exceeds cost to care for retired animals at sanctuaries.

USA CITIZENS: Ask your federal Rep and Senators to cosponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810). Their support of a bill — that could be voted upon soon — bans invasive research on great apes while promoting animal welfare, medical progress and economic prudence.

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PHOTO: A chimpanzee is restrained for experimentation. Photo Source: AP. Shared by Erwin De Laat, Owner of 2Space.net, Global Source of Information
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Honorable Representative
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510

Honorable Senators
The U.S. Senate
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Elected Officials of U.S. Congress,

Please co-sponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810). In April 2012, legislators and staffers filled a Congressional hearing room to better understand Institute of Medicine findings that dispel the need for invasive chimpanzee research in medical science. Martin Wasserman, M.D., J.D., former health secretary for Maryland and Oregon, affirmed to the subcommittee on H.R. 1513/S. 810:

"NIH has taken the IOM report seriously. Passage of this bill is essential to ensure that the unnecessary use of chimpanzees in invasive experimentation will not occur in the future."

IOM’s report reveals chimpanzee experiments as unnecessary for hepatitis C vaccine development and indicates that non-invasive genomic or behavioral studies can occur at sanctuaries. The U.S. National Institutes of Health has since frozen or limited funding for chimpanzee research grants.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act bans invasive research on great apes; possession or housing of great apes intended for invasive research; use of federal funds to perform or support such research; breeding and interstate/foreign commerce in great apes for use in invasive research.

H.R. 1513/S. 810 has bipartisan endorsement. If you are not yet a cosponsor, I urge you to back this important legislation. Please advocate permanent retirement of federally sustained great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons) who have undergone experimentation.

Great apes are induced with human disease, poisoned on test drugs, and wounded in procedures. They endure pain, isolation, tedium, fear…and ultimately death. Some display post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. These are sentient creatures, most like us, yet not enough to generate data relevant to human health. Strides in in-vitro cell/tissue culture analysis, bioinformatics and more human-focused technologies render their role in research even more obsolete. Chimpanzee experiments, banned across the world, are still permitted in the U.S. This is a national disgrace.

Furthermore, it is irresponsible to waste taxpayer dollars on great ape research grants during the present economic downturn. H.R. 1513/S. 810 suspends maintenance of federally owned great apes, a cost that exceeds "caring for great apes in suitable sanctuaries…that provide lifetime care," the bill states. Termination of chimpanzee experiments alone salvages $1.3 billion taxpayer dollars over the next decade. Some 1,000 chimpanzees still languish in U.S. laboratories.

For animals, scientific advancement, and economic prudence, please cosponsor and facilitate passage of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S. 810/H.R. 1513).

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