Request a Moratorium on APF Chimpanzees Leaving New Mexico

Albuquerque Journal: “Feds’ Chimp
Transfer a Lose-Lose-Lose Deal”

The United States is the last developed nation still using chimpanzees for invasive research. Contact your Senators and Representative to secure permanent retirement and sanctuary for the APF chimps. Photo: Marsha Larsen.

Animal Protection of New Mexico has just learned that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “successfully moved” 15 Alamogordo Primate Facility  (APF) chimpanzees to Southwest National Primate Research Center in Texas for use in invasive research.

At the same time, the Albuquerque Journal has spoken out against the plan to move the APF chimpanzees back into research. Read the piece in full here.


1. New Mexicans, please call both of your U.S. Senators as well as your U.S. Representative. Ask them for a moratorium on APF chimpanzees leaving New Mexico until Congress understands the total ethical and economic impact of NIH’s decision.  Most Americans support permanent retirement for chimpanzees who’ve been incarcerated for more than 10 years. The APF chimpanzees are a unique part of New Mexico history and should be permanently retired from research in the care of a sanctuary organization.

Your Senators - please call both:

Sen. Jeff Bingaman: (202) 224-5521
Sen. Tom Udall: (202) 224-6621

Your Representatives - please call yours only:
Central New Mexico, District 1: Rep. Martin Heinrich: (202) 225-6316
Southern New Mexico, District 2: Rep. Harry Teague: (202) 225-2365
Northern New Mexico, District 3: Rep. Ben Ray Luján: (202) 225-6190

2. Reach out to your friends. Forward this email to compassionate friends around the country. Please remember, NIH is a federal agency funded with our taxpayer dollars and should be accountable to all Americans.

Ask friends outside New Mexico to call their federal representatives to permanently retire the APF chimpanzees. Background information and talking points are available at this link.

3. Stay in touch. The fate of the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees hangs in the balance. National Institutes of Health has said their decision is final, but we cannot accept this.

When New Mexicans unite for a purpose, we are powerful. Together we have banned the cruel practice of cockfighting and unanimously passed strong city and county animal control ordinances which ban dog chaining and the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores---just a few examples of huge leaps forward in the past 31 years when everyone said these cruel practices would never change.

Together we can change our legacy with chimpanzees: Let’s move from spending taxpayer dollars on physical and psychological torment to providing permanent retirement at a sanctuary, giving dignity and respect to those deserving individuals. Please continue to speak up, your voice counts!

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