S. 810, the Great Ape Protection and
Cost Savings Act
- Sen. Cantwell [WA] (introduced bill)
- Sen. Akaka [HI]
- Sen. Begich [AK]
- Sen. Blumenthal [CT]
- Sen. Brown [OH]
- Sen. Collins [ME]
- Sen. Durbin [IL]
- Sen. Gillibrand [NY]
- Sen. Inouye [HI]
- Sen. Kerry [MA]
- Sen. Leahy [VT]
- Sen. Lieberman [CT]
- Sen. Menendez [NJ]
- Sen. Merkley [OR]
- Sen. Mikulski [MD]
- Sen. Reed [RI]
- Sen. Sanders [VT]
- Sen. Udall [NM]
URGENT: Please call and e-mail your senators TODAY
Dear PCRM supporter,
development in our efforts to end invasive experiments on chimpanzees has
occurred, and we wanted to make sure you knew.
Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that 110 federally owned chimpanzees
(almost one-fifth of the total federal chimpanzee population) will be made ineligible
for research. After last year’s Institute
of Medicine report that
found most chimpanzee research unnecessary, this is a sign that invasive
experimentation on chimpanzees may be coming to an end.
But there is a
catch. While 10 chimpanzees will be truly retired to Chimp Haven—a Louisiana sanctuary that will allow these
animals who have given their lives to research to live out their remaining days
in a natural environment—the rest are being sent to Texas Biomedical Research
Institute, a laboratory in San Antonio charged with experimenting on
chimpanzees and other animals.
This is a true
mixed bag—though we are happy that 10 chimpanzees are being permanently
removed from research protocols, as the law states, the other 100 chimpanzees
should be retired to sanctuary, not a
laboratory that has been cited for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare
The takeaway is that this decision by NIH underscores just how important it is
that we pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which requires all
federally owned chimpanzees to be permanently retired to sanctuary. There is
very little time left in this legislative session, so it’s important to take
Let your U.S. senators know that you would
like them to cosponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Saving Act. Please call your senators' offices today to urge them to support this important and
Contact your senator(s) here >
When you call,
please use the following talking points:
- As a resident of [state], I am calling to urge Senator
[name] to co-sponsor S. 810, the
Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings act.
- 1,000 chimpanzees are currently
suffering in U.S.
labs, wasting taxpayer dollars on ineffective medical research.
- A recent report by the Institute of Medicine found that chimpanzee
research was not necessary to advance human health.
- The biological and social needs of
chimpanzees cannot be met in laboratories.
- Please act to ensure that the Great
Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act moves closer to becoming law.
When you have
made your call, please also send a
personal e-mail and ask your friends and family to do the same—even
if you and they have already taken past actions.
Thank you for all that you continue to do.
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