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Captive chimpanzees being used in laboratories need our help more than ever. The U.S. is the only nation in the world that is known to still use chimpanzees for large-scale invasive research. The Great Ape Protection Cost Savings Act will end this exploitive practice and we need your help now in asking Congress to pass this vital legislation.
Now with over 150 co-sponsors, this ethically, scientifically, and financially responsible bipartisan bill will:
– Phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research at private and federally funded facilities
– Release the more than 500 federally-owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries
– Prohibit the breeding of chimpanzees and other great apes for invasive research purposes
Chimpanzees in laboratories suffer physically and psychologically. Many of the chimpanzees used in research are captured in the wild as infants and have spent decades in cages the size of a kitchen table, subject to repeated painful, invasive tests and breeding. Studies have also documented the chronic stress and depression this type of existence causes these great apes.
More than $200 million in tax-payer-dollars was spent on chimpanzee experimentation over the past decade. This research funding would be much better spent on modern, ethical, human-centered testing methods, computer simulations and mathematical modeling, and in vitro testing.
Please make brief, polite calls to your federal legislators today, and urge them to do all they can to pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (HR 1513/ S 810). We owe it to the chimpanzees, our closest genetic relatives, to do all we can to stop this unconscionable cruelty.
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Article source: IFAW