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"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

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Chimpanzees at New Iberia Research Center

The use of chimpanzees in experimentation is one of our nationís least-known tragedies. These intelligent primates who share most of our DNA often respond psychologically to the barren captivity of the laboratory by exhibiting stereotypical behavior. They also suffer terribly in research involving diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. Over 1300 chimps are held captive in U.S. labs.

Perhaps the most significant part of this tragedy depends on the lifespan of the chimpanzee species. In captivity chimpanzees can live up to 60 years. One of the NIRC chimps, Karen, is listed with a date of 1958. This unfortunate animal has spent over 47 years imprisoned within animal labs. The heartbreak of this situation is something that we cannot fully understand.

Many of the chimps at the NIRC were wild-caught. This means that at one point in their lives they lived in their natural habitat. This must be a painful memory for them. Their longing for freedom must be intense.

It is not surprising that many captive primates, chimps and other species, lose their minds. I cannot imagine facing the daily reality of imprisonment within a place like the NIRC. As of now the only release for these innocent victims is in death.

We MUST win their freedom!

Please contact these officials to demand the release of the NIRC Chimps:

Please write to these officials to demand the immediate retirement to sanctuaries of the 140 chimpanzees who are part of the Chimpanzee Breeding and Research Program at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana.

Dr. Barbara M. Alving, Acting Director,
National Center for Research Resources
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 3B11, MSC 2128
Bethesda, MD 20892-2128
AlvingB@mail.nih.gov
301-496-5793
fax 301-402-0006

Dr. Ray Authement, President
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Office of the President
PO Box 41008
Lafayette, LA 70504
president@louisiana.edu
337- 482-6203
fax 337-482-5914

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