In
a true sign of the times, the editors at Scientific American,
one of the most widely read scientific publications in the world, now agree
with PETA that experiments on chimpanzees should be banned.

“That chimps and humans react to trauma in a
like manner should not come as a surprise. Chimps are our closest living
relatives and share a capacity for emotion, including fear, anxiety, grief and
rage,” write the editors. “In our view, the time has come to end
biomedical experimentation on chimpanzees.”

Hopefully,
the editorial will sway members of Congress to
support the Great Ape
Protection and Cost Savings Act
,
which would end invasive testing on all great apes and allow more than 500
chimpanzees in labs to be released to sanctuaries. And we are certain that the editorial will
make its way to the desks of the members of the National Academy of Sciences’
Institute of Medicine (IOM) chimpanzee experimentation review
committee, at whose hearing PETA testified
this summer. The IOM is scheduled to release its much-anticipated report on the
issue in December. A positive report could help propel passage of the federal
bill.  

Such
a ban would mean far better living conditions after more than five long decades
for Wenka,
at 57 the oldest living chimpanzee in a U.S. laboratory. She is one of more
than 100 chimpanzees imprisoned at the Yerkes primate laboratory at Emory
University in Atlanta and has spent almost her entire life in a laboratory—she
was born in a laboratory cage, torn away from her mother, and locked away in a
dark room for the first 17 months of her life. The only time that she has spent outside a
laboratory was when she was briefly sold as a “pet” in the mid-1950s
before quickly being returned to a laboratory.

This
past weekend, members of Georgia Animal Rights and Protection, gathered outside Emory
University to call for the release of Wenka to a sanctuary, where she can live out her last
few years with some freedom and autonomy. So far, Yerkes is refusing,
claiming that Wenka is needed for “aging” research. If officials wait
much longer, we suppose they will say that she is needed for “death”
research too.

Please
take a moment to tell your
senators and representatives

that you support this bill (H.R. 1513/S. 810) and ask them to spare Wenka and
other chimpanzees from testing.

 

Written
by Heather Faraid Drennan

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Article source: PETA Files

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