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Emily Deschanel, star of FOX's Bones, just contacted Congress to lend her voice to PCRM’s campaign to support the Great Ape Protection Act.

Please join her and contact your representative today.

“It can be easy to forget these animals who are locked away and out of sight,” writes Deschanel. “The Great Ape Protection Act is the best chance we have to ease their pain and suffering.”

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Dear Kay,

One thousand chimpanzees in the United States need your help! The Great Ape Protection Act, HR 1326, would finally prohibit invasive research on chimpanzees. But the bill needs more support—and your federal representative has not yet joined the 58 representatives co-sponsoring the bill.

Click here to ask your representative to co-sponsor HR 1326.

Under the language of HR 1326, which is supported by Democrats and Republicans, chimpanzees could no longer be subjected to “death, bodily injury, pain, distress, fear, injury, or trauma [,]… isolation, social deprivation, or other experimental manipulations…” Chimpanzees owned by the federal government would be released to sanctuaries to live out the remainder of their lives, just as they have been in several other countries.
 
Chimpanzees suffer from stress and trauma remarkably much like humans. Their needs cannot be met in a laboratory environment. Most chimpanzees in research are kept in isolation, but chimpanzees are naturally social. Their psychological well-being requires group coordination, kinship structure (families being together), and cultural development.

Although chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives, there are significant differences in how those genes are expressed. And differences between chimpanzees and humans significantly influence responses to drugs and pathogens like viruses and bacteria.

After over two decades of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) research in chimpanzees, there should be no doubt that chimpanzee research has failed to produce an HIV vaccine for humans. Physiological differences between humans and chimpanzees also confound research on human diseases like hepatitis C.

Research funding should be spent on modern testing methods, such as ethical human-centered studies, computer simulation and mathematical modeling, microchip technology, microdosing, in vitro testing, and tissue engineering.

Please call or e-mail your representative and ask her or him to co-sponsor HR 1326!

Best regards,
 Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H.
Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Research Policy

 

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Posted: Jul 2, 2009 2:46pm
Sep 23, 2008
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
Dear Kay,            

How could anyone forget the video footage captured by an undercover HSUS investigator of helpless cows being dragged by chains, jabbed with forklifts, poked in the eyes with electric prods, blasted with high-pressure water hoses to simulate drowning, and otherwise tormented at a slaughter plant?

Not only did it shock the nation, but it also led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. Tell the USDA to stop the cruelty now -- time is running out!

We thank you for all of your support following our investigations and urge you to take action today so that cattle who are too sick or injured even to stand will no longer be subjected to the slaughter process or end up in the food supply.

As a result of our investigations, the USDA is finally considering closing a loophole in federal regulations to stop these practices. The agency needs to hear from as many people as possible in the next week. Please speak up for these crippled animals!

Send your comments to the USDA by September 26, 2008 to let the agency know that the public will not tolerate the cruel treatment of animals who cannot even stand or walk.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President  & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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