Dear PCRM supporter,
As you know, more than 1,000 chimpanzees live in U.S. laboratories, many having been kept in small cages and subjected to invasive experiments for decades.
Yesterday, the campaign to end invasive research on these amazing animals took a critical step forward: Sen. Maria Cantwell introduced the Great Ape Protection Act with bipartisan support in the Senate. With nearly 150 members of the House of Representatives already supporting this important legislation, we are gaining ground in Congress. But we need your help!
Please call your U.S. senators today and ask them to co-sponsor the Great Ape Protection Act, S. 3694. To find your senators’ Washington, DC phone numbers click here.
Please make sure to convey these key talking points:
- I live in [state], and I am calling about S. 3694.
- S. 3694, the Great Ape Protection Act, would prohibit invasive research on chimpanzees in the United States.
- The Great Ape Protection Act will save taxpayers $20‐25 million annually.
- Urge your senator to strongly support and co-sponsor S. 3694 if she/he has not already. This bill is in the best interest of both humans and chimpanzees.
S. 3694, the Great Ape Protection Act, will end the use of chimpanzees in invasive research and release more than 500 federally owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuaries, saving taxpayers $20-25 million annually.
For more than 30 years, the government and private researchers have spent untold amounts of money on cruel and ineffective chimpanzee experiments. Despite decades of research using chimpanzees, we still do not have vaccines against HIV, hepatitis C, or malaria in humans, because significant genetic and physiological differences between humans and chimpanzees simply make them poor models for these diseases. It says something that the United States is the last country in the world to permit large-scale invasive research on great apes like chimpanzees.
Together we can work to ensure that our tax dollars are not used to fund inhumane and unnecessary medical research.
Thank you for your help.
Research Program Coordinator
P.S. After you have called, be sure to pass this on to your family and friends.