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Support Protection for Great Apes

The Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326, was reintroduced in Congress this past March after ABC News aired an undercover investigation conducted by the Humane Society, which documented the abuse of the primates at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana.

This piece of legislation would mean the end of invasive research and retirement for more than 1,000 chimpanzees that are currently in laboratories. Additionally, it would end transport and breeding programs for all great apes intended for research, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons, along with banning federally funded chimpanzee breeding programs.

Whether they’re captured from the wild, or bred in captivity, primates suffer from the effects of confinement without their psychological and behavioral needs being met, nevermind the invasive research part, which can include prolonged immobilization and invasive surgery.

Researchers have even found that chimpanzees previously used in experimental research commonly display behaviors overlapping with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other trauma-related disorders, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Despite what we know about the intelligence and complex emotional capabilities of these animals, the scientific community continues to use them in experiments.

However, thanks in part to public pressure and ethical concerns, the Act is gaining support in Congress with the number of co-sponsors up to 64 from 22, according to the American Antivivisection Society, but it needs more support in order to get passed. 

Please take a minute to contact your representatives and ask them to support the Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326. 

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8:04AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:59PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Lets make this information viral!!!

8:22AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

I do not like experimenting on any animal but if it is going to find a cure for cancer or ms etc then I am torn as both of these are in my family and my family are more important to me than an unknown animal. I do not think they should b used for smoking or cosmetics though.

5:58PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

I will continue to fight for the apes and animal rights until I am no longer on this earth! These fantastic animals need our fullest protections, NOW!~ Time for humanity to get real about ALL animals. PLEASE SUPPORT H. R.1326, PLEASE HELP PASS THIS IMPORTANT BILL!~ THANK YOU~

3:56PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

There is no need to use animals for research. It would take a very inhumane person to put any animal through the tortures they go through in the name of research.

5:30AM PST on Feb 10, 2011

We're still just talking about these things you know? How much longer?? Another 100 years?? Just do it already! Disemploy the words could, maybe and perhaps when you think about whether animals should be abused, misused, slaughtered, experimented on and generally treated abysmally by human beings.

We are no more superior than they are, just different. If you can't understand an animal's pain, try listening with your heart...if you can find it in that caverous, rattling empty space in your chest.

3:08AM PDT on Sep 6, 2009

These animals are our relatives, are extremely intelligent and have the right to live their lives in peace and harmony. They have the same feelings that we do. Let them me the way they were originally intended to live..free..happy..with their own families. Human Beings can be the cruelest animals on earth.

9:56PM PDT on Sep 5, 2009

This is so disgusting! I am sick of man putting animals in cages and conducting test! Just let them live the way God intended them to live! I think we should put those so-called research conductors in cages and do test on them all their life!!

7:35PM PDT on Sep 5, 2009

Stop using animal's for research!!! Stop tormenting these poor animal's or anything for research of what??? Humans are different in the DNA or Makeup of animal's so why use and abuse these primates who feel pain like we do...Pass this law to stop it.. 2009 is already too late!!! Darla Hill

3:17AM PDT on Sep 5, 2009

sameo sameo !doesn't seem to matter to some people,it's ok to use the great apes for research.don't they realize they are connected to us?they wouldn't let there brothers and sisters be used so why the great apes?such a wate of life for no reason than to keep the earth populating until there is no room left on it,for man or ape!! thank you Alicia

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