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Originally Posted: 9 July 2009
Federal Bill Would Liberate Great Apes from Laboratory Cages
The Great Ape Protection Act, H. R. 1326, which would end the use of great apes for invasive research, has been stalled in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce since it was introduced in March. While the bill now has 57 co-sponsors, it needs a greater push to move it into a position for serious consideration.
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Great apes, which include chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons, have been used since the 1950s as models for physiological, biomedical, and behavioral studies. However these are intelligent and social animals whose physical and mental similarities to humans indicate that their pain, needs and emotions are comparable to those experienced by humans.
Advances in medical science show that research on great apes to find solutions to human problems is not necessary, and in fact can provide misleading information in providing cures for human disease. Austria, the United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Japan have already banned or severely limited experiments on great apes and it is time that the U.S. recognizes that great apes should not be used for experimentation.
To learn more about primates in labs, visit Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN).
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