James Franco and Kevin Nealon have joined PCRM to work to pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act this year. Watch their video and take action.
■Dec. 15: Institute of Medicine Report Could Spell End of Chimpanzee Experiments >
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) makes sense—ethically, scientifically, and financially. Key provisions of the bill will:
■Phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research in both federally funded and private laboratories
■Release the more than 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries
■Prohibit future breeding of chimpanzees for purposes of conducting invasive research
Many of the chimpanzees currently living in U.S. laboratories were captured from the wild as infants and have spent several decades in cages the size of a kitchen table, subject to repeated invasive procedures and breeding. Just imagine what it would be like to spend 50 to 60 years trapped inside a 5-by-7-by-7 cage. Research funding would be better spent on superior, 21st-century methods.
Stand with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in support of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810). Support ethics. Support sound science. Support fiscal responsibility. Support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) today.
THE GREAT APE PROTECTION AND COST SAVINGS ACT is:
■Chimpanzees suffer, as a result of stress and trauma, from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, similar to humans.
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■The United States is the only nation still using chimpanzees in large-scale invasive research.
■Although chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives, physiological differences make chimpanzees poor models for human health research.
■Leading hepatitis C researchers are using human cell based research methods instead of chimpanzees.
■More than $200 million in federal tax dollars were spent on chimpanzee experiments between fiscal year 2000-2010.
■Only 20 percent of chimpanzees in laboratories are used in research at any given time, while 80 percent are warehoused at taxpayer expense.