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|Originally Posted: 22 June 2011|
Urge Congress to Support Great Ape Protection
Help protect chimpanzees and other great apes now by asking your congressional representatives to cosponsor and support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) Passage of this legislation would permanently end the use of chimpanzees—and all other great apes—in invasive experiments and retire more than 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Chimpanzees—humans' closest living genetic relatives—are extremely social, intelligent individuals who have rich mental and emotional lives. They have incredible memories, they share cultural traditions that are passed down through generations, they care deeply for their families and friends, and they grieve the loss of their loved ones when they pass away. Sadly, more than 1,000 of these remarkable beings are imprisoned in barren cells in U.S. laboratories where they have been intentionally infected with diseases such as HIV and hepatitis—even though scientists agree that chimpanzees are poor models for researching human diseases—and forced to endure decades of invasive procedures, fear, loneliness, and pain.
This hellish experience leaves lifelong emotional scars on chimpanzees, and many of them resort to self-mutilation or suffer from depression and other psychological disorders after experiencing the trauma of having their minds and bodies violated.
Despite international criticism, the U.S. remains the only nation in the industrialized world that continues to conduct invasive experiments on chimpanzees.
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) would permanently end the use of chimpanzees—and all other great apes—in invasive experiments and retire more than 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
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