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|Originally Posted: 22 July 2010|
Save Chimpanzees From Cruel Experiments
Urge the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) to permanently retire chimpanzees to a reputable sanctuary. Half the chimpanzees at APF have been living in cages for a quarter of a century or more, and they deserve to be retired to a sanctuary where they can live in peace.
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Harold L. Watson, Ph.D.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
For the last decade, 200 chimpanzees who had been used by the Air Force in a variety of hideous experiments have been retired and living in cages at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in Alamogordo, N.M. Now, the chimpanzees' "owner"—the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—has decided that it's too costly to keep these animals and plans to send them to the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research/National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) in Texas, where they will likely be used in invasive experiments that could traumatize and kill them. The NIH plans to move as many as 15 chimpanzees this summer and the remainder in January 2011.
Half the chimpanzees at APF have been living in cages for a quarter of a century or more, and they deserve to be retired to a sanctuary where they can live in peace.
Chimpanzees are our closest relatives, sharing 98 to 99 percent of our DNA. They are intelligent; have unique personalities; forge deep, lasting friendships; and experience profound suffering. The U.S. is the only developed country that continues to use chimpanzees in invasive experiments. The transfer of the Alamogordo chimpanzees to SNPRC represents a betrayal of the animals—and of public sentiment.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!