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|Originally Posted: 5 June 2011|
Project R&R Scientific and Academic Community Petition
[Ed. Note: If you are a scientist or academic professional, please sign. If you are NOT, please forward to your lists to reach out to scientists and academic professionals!]
Scientists and Academic Professionals: Please Sign to Show Your Support
Your signature and that of other scientists and academic professionals help us build the momentum necessary to end the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research in the U.S. and to provide them permanent sanctuary. If you are an MD, DO, DVM, DDS, DMD, RN, PsyD, PhD, or EdD, please sign today! And please email your colleagues to do the same.
Project R&R will deliver this petition to key U.S. legislators and other policy makers who can help us change laws, release chimpanzees, and retire them to sanctuaries.
The lives of some 1,000 chimpanzees are depending on us.
Sign an online petition
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Chimpanzees are humans' closest genetic relatives, sharing 96-98% of our DNA. As a result, we recognize ourselves in their intelligence, social and family life, and complex emotions and behavioral needs.
Yet a growing body of scientific evidence is showing that even seemingly small genetic differences between chimpanzees and humans call into question their use in research to benefit humans. The scientific debate includes strong arguments of how ineffective, unnecessary, and even dangerous research on chimpanzees can be in our attempts to understand human health and disease.
At the same time, chimpanzees' emotional, cognitive, and behavioral similarities to us force an ethical challenge to their use, with growing scientific evidence pointing to the psychological suffering and trauma they endure in laboratories ... suffering that has life-long implications for their well-being.
Today, some 1,000 chimpanzees are confined in U.S. labs. Some
were wild-caught as babies in Africa; others were born in a lab
or sent from zoos, circuses, owners, or trainers. Some were
taught to communicate using sign language or raised in family
settings only to be sent to biomedical laboratories when federal
funding ran out, or they became too strong to manage.
Project R&R, a national campaign of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, is a promise to every one of our chimpanzee next of kin, a promise that we will work until every chimpanzee now held in laboratory confinement is released and allowed restitution in the safety and comfort of sanctuary before they die.
Please sign the Project R&R petition today, and ask your colleagues to do the same. The lives of some 1,000 chimpanzees are depending on us.
This petition is dedicated to Jeannie. Her dignity in the face of her painful history and her strength in sanctuary recovering from the emotional scars of her trauma remind us of how important our work is for all of those remaining in labs:
Thank you for everything you do for animals!