Laura Bonar discusses Alamogordo Chimps on CNN
The Los Angeles Times covered New Mexico’s good news for chimps in a January 8th story. Read the story here of elected leaders uniting on behalf of so many citizens who care about this issue.
The Albuquerque Journal published a powerful and penetrating editorial on January 10th, emphasizing support to turn away from exploiting chimpanzees, read the piece in full here.
Actions for Chimps
The facts are on the chimps’ side. Having an independent review of the need for chimpanzees in biomedical research will be good, not only for chimps who have suffered long and difficult years in laboratories, but for taxpayers whose research dollars should be spent on humane and effective science.
1. If you live in New Mexico, please place short, polite thank you calls to Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman, who took decisive action to protect the Alamogordo Primate Facility.
Sample script: Hello, please pass a message along to my Senator __________. Thank you so much for taking decisive action to protect the chimpanzees at Alamogordo Primate Facility by requesting an independent scientific review. These chimps are very important to me, and what happens to them says a lot about our society. Thank you for representing compassionate and prudent values in Congress!
Senator Tom Udall at 202-224-6621
Senator Jeff Bingaman at 202-224-5521
2. Fourteen chimps were shipped to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas last summer. Many more chimps are suffering needlessly in labs, when a solution is before us: Retire the chimps and convert the Alamogordo Primate Facility into a sanctuary. Send an email to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins through our easy link, and don’t forget to sign your message.
3. Share RetireTheChimps.org. Do you have friends who are interested in this subject but need more details? Our website devoted entirely to this campaign may be just the answer, and it’s easy to remember, check out RetireTheChimps.org today.
4. Learn more about chimps. The Jane Goodall Institute does effective work showing the world the life of chimps in the wild, and here you can see a video interview of Dr. Jane’s thoughts on chimpanzees at waterfalls. Thank you for speaking up for these sensitive and deserving individuals!