Friday, October 17, 2008

PETITION: 'The Great Ape Protection Act' - National Anti-Vivisection Society:

National Anti-Vivisection Society:

Federal: Bill Would Liberate Great Apes from Laboratory Cages
Bill Details:
Name: The Great Ape Protection Act Number: HR 5852
Call for Action: Please write to your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to support HR 5852Summary of bill.

The Great Ape Protection Act, HR 5852, would prohibit invasive research on great apes, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons. It would furthermore prohibit the use of federal funds to conduct invasive research on a great ape, the breeding of great apes for the purpose of use in research, and the transport of a great ape for the purpose of conducting invasive experiments.
In a separate provision, this bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for the permanent retirement of all great apes owned or under the control of the federal government that have been used for invasive research.

Great apes, which have been used since the 1950s as models for physiological, biomedical, and behavioral studies, are intelligent and social animals whose physical and mental similarities to humans indicate that their pain, needs and emotions are comparable to those experienced by humans. Concern over the long term care of chimpanzees (who can have a life-span of up to 65 years in captivity), was the reason that the CHIMP Act was passed in 2000, and amended to make retirement to a sanctuary permanent in 2007.

This bipartisan bill is being sponsored by Representative Edolphus Towns (NY), with seven co-sponsors, Representatives Tomas Allen (ME), Roscoe Bartlett (MD), Mary Bono Mack (CA), Bruce Braley (IA), John Campbell (CA), James Langevin (RI), and David Reichert (WA). The New England Anti-Vivisection Society’s Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, has promoted a legislative ban on research on great apes, a move that is strongly support by the Humane Society of the U.S. and, of course, The National Anti-Vivisection Society.

Please take action now and ask your U.S. Representative to support HR 5852 to ban the use of great apes for research. If your Representative is not already a sponsor, please ask him/her to become a sponsor of this important bill.

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