Newsletter - Animal Writes sm
6 December 2000 Issue

from Bill Dollinger - [email protected]

Friends of Animals, a non-profit animal protection group with more than 200,000 members around the world, has taken a strong stand against the Chimp Act, now pending in the U.S. Senate.

The Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act (HR 3514) has passed the House and was introduced in the Senate by Bob Smith (R-NH).

Says Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, "People who support the Chimp Act should do so knowing that 1) as a factual matter, the Act will create a centralized facility that will lower the informational and other opportunity costs of vivisectors who wish to locate chimpanzees with "unique" medical histories to use in further research."

"They should also know," says Feral, "that as a matter of law, the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services to allow experiments on retired chimpanzees will be immune from any legal challenge."

Friends of Animals is opposing the bill because it will establish a federal "research farm" for chimpanzees. Once passed, the bill will be immune from any effective legal challenge.

Friends of Animals is urging its members around the nation to call and write their Senators, urging them NOT to support the Chimp Act.

Go on to The CHIMP Bill: A Statement from GAP
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