Chimpanzees Continue to Make Headlines
Tune Into KNME’s “New Mexico In Focus” Tonight at 7 pm

This week, media pressure continued to build for the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees. On August 10, the Albuquerque Journal ran a story about the many voices raised for chimpanzees, including Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Tom Udall, and actor Gene Hackman.

The chimpanzees cannot advocate for themselves, please speak up to prevent further invasive research on these animals who have already spent long and difficult years in laboratories. Photos: HSUS
Read the Journal story here and see Mr. Hackman’s letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) here.

Tuesday, KOAT 7 interviewed Governor Richardson on NIH’s plan, and the Governor expressed his unwavering commitment to find a better solution.

On Thursday the Albuquerque Journal called the NIH’s plan for more invasive research, “cruel and indefensible.”

Friday at 7 pm, tune into KNME’s New Mexico in Focus for a panel discussion on the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees featuring State Representative Nate Cote, University of New Mexico Professor Dr. John Gluck, and APNM’s Laura Bonar. The show will be rebroadcast over the weekend, and available online after it airs.

Now is the time for citizens to speak to their elected officials about uniting for compassion, effective science, and fiscal responsibility. Please call and ask your elected officials, “What is your stance on the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees?"

For individuals outside of New Mexico, please use to reach your elected officials. Everyone can contact both of their Senators and the one Representative for their district. Let the staff answering the phone know you are a registered voter and what your zip code is.

For New Mexicans, please contact local offices during the August Congressional recess:

Call Each of Your Senators at the Office Closest to Your Home:

Senator Bingaman Albuquerque: (505)346-6601
Farmington: (505)325-5030
Las Cruces: (575)523-6561
Santa Fe: (505)988-6647
Roswell: (575)622-7113

Senator Udall Albuquerque: (505)346-6791
Las Cruces: (575)526-5475
Santa Fe: (505)988-6511

Call One Representative at the Office Closest to Your Home:

Congressman Ben Ray Luján Santa Fe: (505)984-8950
Las Vegas: (505)454-3038
Rio Rancho: (505)994-0499
Gallup: (505)863-0582
Farmington: (505)324-1005
Tucumcari: (575)461-3029

Congressman Martin Heinrich Downtown Albuquerque: (505)346-6781
South Valley: (505)877-4069

Congressman Harry Teague Hobbs: (575)393-0510
Las Cruces: (575)522-3908
Socorro: (575)835-8919
Los Lunas: (505)865-7802
Roswell: (575)622-4178

Once your calls are completed, you can email us the response you received.

THANK YOU for speaking up. Chimpanzees have been used in research in New Mexico since the 1950’s, and in 2010 we have an opportunity to forever change our legacy, but it is not easy to change decades of sanctioned cruelty. Please remember the many struggles behind us as we work toward a better future:

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
-Nelson Mandela

Related links:               
New Mexico In Focus
National Allies for the Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees

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