Animal Writes
From 24 April 2005 Issue

Abolish Primate Experimentation & Slavery

We, the citizens of Cambridge, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all primates are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We at APES have begun to collect the necessary signatures to place a binding
referendum question on the November 2005 ballot. The proposed referendum would outlaw primate experiments in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

We in the Primate Rights Movement believe that by focusing on ending primate
experiments in the US we will open the door to the eventual liberation of all animals.

Laying the Groundwork

In the year 2000 APES tested public opinion with a non-binding advisory question to a segment of Cambridge voters.

We deliberately did no campaigning. Our goal was to find out were the voters stood.

Of the 12,987 citizens who voted, 5,483 voted in favor of research, 3,985 voted to end primate experiments. The vivisectors won by 1,498 but 3,519 voters left the question blank.

We believe that if we had campaigned and leafleted we could have won over the majority of the undecided.

In Switzerland, on December 2, 1985, a National Referendum was held to outlaw almost all animal experiments. Thirty percent of the people voted in favor.

If that bill had been limited to primates, could it have passed?

We at APES think that the people will vote in favor of primates and we are determined to put this to the test in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Initiative Petition

Massachusetts is one of twenty-five of the fifty states which allow the Initiative Petition process to change state laws. Most cities and towns also have the process.

The Initiative Petition is not popular with politicians and corporate lobbyists who normally make decisions for the people because it gives people a chance to decide issues for themselves.

When a question is placed on the ballot voters are forced to consider the pros and the cons. Families, neighbors and co-workers, who typically have no interest in politics will debate, often passionately.

The initiative petition brings out the best in people because they instinctively want to make the right choice.

What a wonderful, powerful tool for the Animal Rights movement!

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in peoples minds." Samuel Adams, American Patriot

Convincing the Voters

Once the required signatures have been gathered, our task is to convince the rest of the voters to vote for our candidate, namely the primates. Once a person is in favor of stopping the torture of primates they usually stay convinced.

On the other hand, to keep their supporters, the vivisectors must maintain a constant stream of propaganda. They must promise break-through cures, that are just around the corner that will be achieved for us by torturing primates.

Because we can prove their claims to be false, we can win votes for the primates.

Cambridge is the Place

The American Revolution started in Cambridge in 1775. Let us begin the revolution for Primate Rights in Cambridge in 2005.

We Need You

APES needs volunteers. In fact we can't complete our mission without your help. Join us this summer for a week or two and help make history happen. We want to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. We will help you as much as we can.

Please Email us now at
[email protected] 

There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come. We at APES believe the idea is Primate Liberation and the time is now.

Further Action

The Cambridge Campaign paves the way for the creation of Primate Free Zones in the neighboring cities of Boston and Somerville and in cities and towns across the nation. We will introduce a bill into the Massachusetts State Legislature where they will hold public hearings.

Next we can put a question on State ballots. States actually have the authority to not only outlaw experiments on primates but to legally recognize their inherent rights. Something a city cannot do. In 1783, Massachusetts became the first state to abolish human slavery. We can do it again. This time we will abolish non-human primate slavery.

How do we attain Primate Rights?

There is really only one real and permanent way in these United States and that is through an amendment to the US Constitution: The PRA, The Primate Rights Amendment.

We need to organize a group of activists in each of the 435 U.S. Congressional Districts. Their mission will be to make sure their congressperson either enthusiastically signs up for the PRA or signs up for a lengthy cruise around the world as an Ex-Rep of the people. They need to be replaced with somebody truly committed to the PRA even if that candidate has to come from activist ranks.

In the history of the animal rights movement we have never tried to get any rights for anyone. The closest we have come is exempting the Great Apes from research in England and New Zealand.

If we ever get a question on the ballot in Massachusetts and it passes, primates in Massachusetts will be the first and only animals with their legal rights recognized.

Cambridge a Catalyst

The 2005 Battle for Primate Rights that will be fought, win or loose, could be the catalyst for the PRA and other town, city and state legislative action nationwide.

We will create thousands of new activists and raise consciousness about not only primates but all animal issues. Primates will break the barriers for all animals.

"All this will not be finished in the first hundred days, nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin." A quote by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy applicable to the work that lies before us.

CONTACT: William Burke, APES
56 Sixth Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
617-491-7519 or E-mail [email protected]
Website under construction Ready in May

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