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No More Government Use of Primates in Testing (Take Action)

We have an opportunity to make a positive change for primates used in government testing. Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett has introduced the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act of 2011. Congressman Bartlett is a former physiologist at the Navy’s School of Aviation Medicine. Read his contributing article in the New York Times.

Contact your representatives and let them know you don’t want to pay for animal testing.

In the proposed Bill, Great Apes refer to several specific species of primate: Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), Bonobo (Pan paniscus), Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla or Gorilla beringei), Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus or Pongo abelii), Gibbon (Family Hylobatidae).

As stated in the Bill, it’s purpose is to:

(1) phase out invasive research on great apes and the use of Federal funding of such research, both within and outside of the United States;

(2) prohibit the transport of great apes for purposes of invasive research;

(3) prohibit the breeding of great apes for purposes of invasive research; and

(4) require the provision of lifetime care of great apes who are owned by or under the control of the Federal Government in a suitable sanctuary through the permanent retirement of the apes.

For decades the United States government, with the financial assistance of taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars each year, have been using sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, rats, primates and rabbits as subjects to test chemicals, vaccines and drugs. Millions of individual animals have endured painful tests, and then were killed when they were no longer useful.

There are numerous branches of government that perform these tests; Defense Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration and the Toxicology Program. Military testing is often closed to the public due to its top- secret, classified status.

Contact your representatives, and tell them you don’t want to pay for animal testing.

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