The chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility received attention at a congressional hearing at the end of April, when the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPCSA – S. 810/H.R. 1513) was considered before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Water & Wildlife, watch a video of the hearing online. GAPCSA would end invasive testing on all great apes and provide sanctuary to federally-owned chimpanzees.
Senator Tom Udall was outspoken for chimpanzees in New Mexico, telling the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and committee members, “In Alamogordo, New Mexico, there is a primate facility housing approximately 200 chimpanzees formerly used in research. This group of chimpanzees has been described extensively by scientists and in the media as sick, aged, infected, diseased, maimed, and scarred. Many scientists have suggested this group in particular is completely inappropriate for further testing…”
Dr. James Anderson of the NIH responded that the agency has charged a Working Group to report to the NIH’s Council of Councils about the size and placement of chimpanzees not used in research.
Your voice has so far stopped future funding for cruel and unnecessary invasive research on chimps. This is encouraging! But the chimps aren’t safe yet.
Please, take two more actions right now to provide long-overdue peace and dignity to chimpanzees who survived years of invasive research:
- Write to the NIH and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- Call your members of Congress and ask them to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act – S. 810/H.R. 1513. Please take a few minutes to make these important calls, ask Congress to give their full support to this legislation which would save chimpanzees and tax dollars! (Not a New Mexican? Speak up to your members of Congress, look them and take action here!)
• Call both of your U.S. Senators:
Senator Tom Udall at 202-224-6621
Senator Jeff Bingaman at 202-224-5521
• Call your one U.S. Representative, if you are not sure which district you live in, look it up here:
CD#1 Representative Martin Heinrich at 202-225-6316
CD#2 Representative Steve Pearce at 202-225-2365
CD#3 Representative Ben Ray Luján at 202-225-6190
Chimp Champs of Santa Fe!
This Spring chimps took over Santa Fe!
Santa Fe kids and their families make puppets and send postcards to President Obama to Retire the Chimps!
On Earth Day, Santa Fe’s La Montañita Co-op sponsored a whole day of activities designed to help New Mexico’s chimps. Thank you, La Montañita!
Youth groups with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program also spread the word about how to help chimps during the opening weekend of the Chimpanzee movie and at the Children’s Museum. And one 3rd-grade classroom from Amy Biehl Elementary organized a special educational night for chimps!
Local author Deb Rosenman talks about the history and stories of some chimpanzees in captivity in One Heart Publications – look for the free magazine on stands in Santa Fe or read Rosenman’s work online here.
Can you help organize events for chimps where you live? Contact Laura at 505-401-8936 for ideas and materials to distribute.
Thank you to everyone who is taking action to help animals, your work makes our state a more compassionate and caring place!
Act as if what you do makes a difference.
~ William James
- Visit and share www.RetireTheChimps.org
- Read the Chimp Study at The Institute of Medicine website
- Read a Critical Overview of the Chimp Study from The Kennedy Institute of Ethics
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