Start A Petition

In Honor of World AIDS Day - Support the Great Ape Protection Act

Animals  (tags: USA, HR1326, animaltesting, animaladvocates, animalrights, animalwelfare, ethics, humans, law, protection, suffering )

- 3491 days ago -
We don't want people dying of AIDS and we don't want primates being tortured any more !!! Please take action: USA needs the Great Ape Protection Act. contact your legislator and ask them to support the H.R. 1326


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 4:55 pm
"I have lost friends, teachers, and colleagues to this disease. Today I watch with those who are waiting for a cure. In loving recognition, I ask that we move towards humane and scientifically superior research that will give all of us the promise of an end to HIV/AIDS." - Karen S., NEAVS staff

NEAVS/Project R&R continues to advocate for better science. In honor of World AIDS Day, a day of international awareness about HIV and AIDS, we are asking our supporters to reach out to their Representatives in support of the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R.1326), a bill to end chimpanzee research.

Why today?

The use of chimpanzees was once hailed as “the key” to a cure for AIDS. Yet AIDS continues to kill millions worldwide, in spite of the large number of chimpanzees bred and historically used in HIV/AIDS research.

Today, HIV research using chimpanzees represents an extremely small, nearly non-existent percent of all HIV research – an admission by scientists that the chimpanzee model of AIDS/HIV is a failure. Still, a few studies backed by federal funding continue.

Despite the failure of chimpanzee use to prevent or cure HIV/AIDS, some researchers are calling for a return of their use to study the disease. “An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research,” published in 2008 and authored by Project R&R’s Science Director and geneticist Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., investigated chimpanzees use in HIV/AIDS vaccine development. This paper demonstrated that a return to chimpanzee use would be not only non-productive, but even counterproductive to scientific progress in preventing and conquering AIDS.

Touched by HIV/AIDS:
the story of one HIV research survivor

Purchased from a circus at age 7, Yoko was sent to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates in 1981. He was used extensively in research and infected with both HIV and hepatitis C – today he tests negative for both. Why? Although HIV can replicate in their bodies, chimpanzees infected with HIV do not become sick with symptoms of AIDS.

Now in sanctuary at Fauna, Yoko has become very social and can often be found in a grooming circle of friends. A fast runner who loves to play chase, he is a very small adult male, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in personality. "


Go on Americans!! For sure the EU is watching you working on EU directive to protect animals used in experiments.
One of their arguments against a ban on primate experiments is - because then research companies will move their buisness to USA !!!!


Simone D (1462)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 4:55 pm
Thank you Joanna.

Cher C (1424)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 4:55 pm

Thnx Joanna hun!!!


Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:06 pm

NEAVS/Project R&R action:

To find your legislator, click here
To see if they are already signed on, click here.

AAVS action:
Click here to read more and take action!
PCRM action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act Send an automatic e-mail now.
HSUS action: Action Alert! Help Support The Great Ape Protection Act
Petition: Sign the Petition to End Chimpanzee Research

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:14 pm
Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326 phases out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research, retires federally owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuary, and ends federal funding for the breeding of federally owned chimpanzees.

"On March 5th, 2009, U.S. Representatives Edolphus Towns (D-NY), David Reichert (R-WA), James Langevin (D-RI), and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) reintroduced the Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326 to end invasive biomedical research and testing on an estimated 1000 chimpanzees remaining in U.S. laboratories. The bill would also retire approximately 600 federally owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories - many for more than 40 years - to permanent sanctuary. The bill was originally introduced on April 17th, 2008. To read the bill’s text, visit:, and search for H.R. 1326.

The Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326) is currently in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The bill has the support of 102 cosponsors including the four original sponsors. It is vital we continue to work hard to add even more cosponsors to ensure the bill’s success."

"The use of chimpanzees in research was once hailed as “the key” for a cure to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Yet AIDS continues to kill millions of humans worldwide, despite the large number of chimpanzees that historically have been used in HIV/AIDS research.

Today, HIV research using chimpanzees represents an extremely small, nearly non-existent percentage of chimpanzee use and a very small percent of all HIV research – an admission by scientists that the chimpanzee model of AIDS/HIV is a failure. Still, a few studies backed by U.S. government funding continue. Despite the failure of chimpanzee use as a model to study, prevent, or cure HIV/AIDS, some researchers are calling for a return to the use of chimpanzees to study the disease. “An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research,” published in ATLA in 2008 and authored by Project R&R’s Science Director and geneticist, Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., investigated their use and failure and lays to rest any doubt that a return to chimpanzees would be non-productive and even counterproductive to scientific progress to conquer AIDS and benefit millions of humans worldwide.

Given the lack of useful results, the use of chimpanzees in AIDS/HIV research can be considered a major debacle in chimpanzee suffering and a shameful waste of taxpayer dollars, scientific resources, and time in helping humans."

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:30 pm

Research Attributes Lack of HIV/AIDS Vaccine to Use of Chimpanzees

NEAVS/Project R&R’s international science team’s most recent paper, “An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research,” has been published in the September issue of the scientific journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA – vol. 36 pp 381-428). The paper investigates how current and past research using chimpanzees to develop and test an AIDS vaccine have failed; illustrates how vaccine responses in chimpanzees are not predictive of responses in humans; and asserts that claims of chimpanzees’ critical role and importance in AIDS vaccine development is without scientific foundation.

The publication comes on the heels of recent vaccine failures in late-stage clinical trials, including one vaccine that appeared to increase vulnerability to HIV infection in human clinical trial participants, though the vaccine had proven safe and effective in tests in nonhuman primates. The paper notes that despite a decline in the popularity of chimpanzees as a research model, (as it has proven to be not only ineffective but actually a dangerous model for humans), some scientists are still insisting on their use. Such a waste of precious research dollars, time, and energy is leaving many questioning the ethical as well as scientific basis of these calls for continued use of chimpanzees to study human health and disease.

Project R&R challenges the motivation behind keeping the myth of the usefulness and necessity of chimpanzee research alive in the face of mounting scientific evidence to the contrary. In fact, a growing number of scientists doubt that a return to their use would lead to any successes. According to the paper’s author, geneticist and Project R&R Science Director Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., “At a cost of billions of dollars, most of the 85 AIDS vaccines created to date have been tested in hundreds of chimpanzees who endured decades of experiments and laboratory confinement. Almost all of these vaccines protected chimpanzees from HIV infection, but none have worked in humans. Claims of the continued importance of chimpanzee use are therefore misleading. For the millions of people at risk of AIDS, as well as the chimpanzees, we must move toward more humane and scientifically superior methods.”

The need for a reassessment of our approach to AIDS research and vaccine development is widely acknowledged. In a May 2008 essay in Nature, NIAID Director and AIDS expert Dr. Anthony Fauci reflected: “We must learn from our missteps, build on our successes in treatment and prevention, and renew our commitment to developing the truly transforming tools that will one day put this scourge behind us.”

According to Dr. Bailey, “The search for such a critically needed ‘transforming tool’ cannot include a return to using chimpanzees, one of the greatest ‘missteps’ in the history of AIDS research.”

Chimpanzees have proven to be a failed and dangerous model for humans in not only AIDS research but in areas such as heart and cancer research as well.

In August 2008, Dr. Bailey presented his work on AIDS research as well as his previous study Chimpanzee Research: An Examination of Its Contribution to Biomedical Knowledge and Efficacy in Combating Human Diseases at the International Primatological Society Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has currently investigated the use of chimpanzees in another human “killer disease” – cancer. That paper is currently in peer review.

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:35 pm
Parkinsons disease tests on monkeys

The BUAV has expressed its profound concerns and reservations regarding the highly invasive experiments involving monkeys that were announced today using Oxford Biomedica’s Parkinson’s disease drug ProSavin. These concerns include:

• The monkey “model” for Parkinson’s disease has significant differences to human Parkinson’s disease, which seriously affect its clinical relevance.2 Artificially producing Parkinson’s-like signs in monkeys by injecting their brains with a toxin does not faithfully model human Parkinson’s disease.

• The ProSavin intervention only addresses one aspect of the many facets of Parkinson’s disease – dopamine loss. Elucidation of Parkinson’s pathology and the progress of the disease has been and will continue to be via the use of superior human-specific scientific methods, such as brain-imaging techniques, use of post-mortem brain tissue from patients, human genetic studies and population studies.3 People knowledgeable in the field recognise this:

“Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases occur in humans and it is in human tissue that we will find the answers to these diseases” - Dr. John Xuereb, Director of the Cambridge Brain Bank and Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre. BBC Radio Cambridge, 7th February 2002.

• The monkey can neither be considered to usefully augment the existing human data, nor to increase the probability that ProSavin will be successful in larger and more comprehensive human trials and/or in the clinic. This is due to significant and intractable species differences between humans and monkeys. Such differences mean that – while occasional correlations do occur - results from animal models are not predictive of human response. Only clinical trials can provide reliable and relevant information regarding the drug’s safety and efficacy in humans4 – and these are already being conducted. Notably, there are many superior scientific approaches to testing drugs prior to human trials that do not use animals. When used in concert, these tests – such as microdosing, toxicogenomics, computer modelling and batteries of human cell and tissue assays – predict more efficiently the likelihood of success or failure in patients.5

• The clinical results are preliminary: many drugs appear promising in early clinical trials yet go on to fail in later-stage investigations (such as Cephalon’s CEP-1347).6

The BUAV agrees that it is important to find a cure for human Parkinson’s disease and to alleviate the suffering it causes. However, the monkey experiments reported in the ProSavin article were cruel, unnecessary, irrelevant and not predictive for humans. Despite decades of research, much of it using monkey “models” of Parkinson’s disease, there is still neither a cure nor any treatment that halts the progress of the disease or is effective against its symptoms in the long term. Until more researchers join the ranks of forward-thinking scientists who utilise human tissue and perform ethical human studies, Parkinson’s research will continue to stall and throw up disappointments in the form of new drugs and interventions that “worked” in animals but do not in people.


2. Hantraye P. Modeling dopamine system dysfunction in experimental animals. Nucl Med Biol. 1998 Nov;25(8):721-8. Bailey J. Non-Human Primates in Medical Research and Drug Development: a Critical Review. Biogenic Amines 2005;19(4-6):235-255. Schober A. Classic toxin-induced animal models of Parkinson's disease: 6-OHDA and MPTP. Cell Tissue Res. 2004 Oct;318(1):215-24. Epub 2004 Jul 28.
3. Bruck A et al (2001) Positron emission tomography shows that impaired frontal lobe functioning in Parkinson's disease is related to dopaminergic hypofunction in the caudate nucleus. Neurosci Lett. 311:81-84. Sanai N et al (2004) Unique astrocyte ribbon in adult human brain contains neural stem cells but lacks chain migration. Nature 427: 740-4. Dawson TM and Dawson VL (2003) Molecular pathways of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's Disease. Science 302:819-822. Ascherio A et al. (2006) Pesticide exposure and risk for Parkinson's disease. Annals of Neurology 60: 197-203. Marvanova M et al. (2003). Microarray analysis of nonhuman primates: validation of experimental models in neurological disorders. FASEB J 17, 929-931.
4. Harding, A. (2004). More compounds failing phase I. FDA chief warns that high drug attrition rate is pushing up the cost of drug development. The Scientist (6 August).
5. Bailey J, Taylor K. The SCHER report on non-human primate research - biased and deeply flawed. Altern Lab Anim. 2009 Sep;37(4):427-35.

Neuroscientist Marius Maxwell sets the record straight on Parkinson’s research
(from Vero website)
Lies, Damned Lies and Monkey Science
The abuse of primates in medical research for Parkinson's disease lies at the very epicenter of the debate about the scientific relevance of vivisection to human health today. Time and time again, I read the extraordinary misstatement that the MPTP-primate model demonstrated the pivotal role of the subthalamic nucleus and has led to the development of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease.

This claim is a clear misrepresentation of the historical record which actually shows that neurosurgical experimentation with cohorts of human patients, performed decades before the very first description of the MPTP-primate model, has alone led to the present treatment of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease.

Because human research itself culminated in the technique of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease, one can only conclude that primate vivisection has amounted to an expensive, savagely cruel, and scientifically invalid sideshow. It inhabits a parallel universe of biomedical curiosity if you will, drawing from but contributing nothing to bona fide human scientific discoveries in Parkinson's disease. All it has done is to reinvent the wheel of Parkinson's disease research over and over again. And yet despite this, astonishingly, the MPTP-primate model of Parkinson's disease is still held up by some as the poster child for justifiable vivisection. Let us therefore examine this proposition closely.

The basal ganglia are a group of deep brain nuclei which are essential to the control of body movements and posture, among other functions. Their disruption upsets a delicate interaction, modulated by neurotransmitters such as dopamine, which results in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Used as an adjunct to anti-Parkinson drugs when their efficacy starts to wane, deep brain stimulation uses indwelling electrodes, placed stereotactically into the basal ganglia nuclei and powered by an implanted battery unit, to alleviate the motor symptoms of the disease.

Of the several nuclei comprising the basal ganglia, stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus by deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease patients is the surgical treatment of choice in most centers internationally. Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus is more effective than medical management alone, but the frequency of serious adverse side effects, including fatal intracerebral haemorrhage, is more than three times higher with deep brain stimulation than with medical management alone (Deuschl et al. 2006; Weaver et al. 2009). In all cases, Parkinson's disease patients need ongoing medical care during the inexorable progression of their crippling disease."

As it's very long article read more here:


Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:38 pm
An Examination of Chimpanzee Use in Human Cancer Research

Tuesday - October 13, 2009   (posted in Project R&R News)

Boston – A recently released paper by Project R&R published in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA 37, 399–416), presents a serious challenge to long-standing claims that animals are an important part of human cancer research. “An Examination of Chimpanzee Use in Human Cancer Research” found that chimpanzees, our closest genetic relatives, have contributed little to combating cancers and cost society not only time but wasted research dollars. The paper comes on the heels of a national ad campaign (ResearchSaves, Sept.16, 2009) launched by The Foundation for Biomedical Research advocating animal use.
Geneticist Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., Science Director for Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, conducted a comprehensive analysis of the use of chimpanzees in cancer research over the past four decades as well as proposed future uses.
According to Bailey, “There are significant biological differences between humans and chimpanzees. Despite an overall – although superficial – genetic similarity to humans, and despite claims by the research industry, chimpanzees have proven to be a poor model for human cancer research.”
The study found that chimpanzee tumors are extremely rare and biologically different from human cancers. Literature describing potential new cancer therapies tested in chimpanzees included significant caveats concerning species differences, and described interventions that had not been pursued in humans, presumably due to adverse reactions. Further, available evidence indicates that chimpanzees are not essential in the development of monoclonal antibody therapies for cancer treatment.
The U.S. is the only remaining large-scale user of chimpanzees in biomedical research in the world. Arguments regarding the inefficacy of chimpanzee use in biomedical research for humans have been mounting. H.R. 1326, the Great Ape Protection Act, was recently introduced to the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to end invasive biomedical research and testing on an estimated 1,000 chimpanzees remaining in U.S. laboratories.
The study concludes: “It would be unscientific to claim that chimpanzees are vital to cancer research and reasonable to conclude that cancer research would not suffer if the use of chimpanzees were prohibited in the U.S.” The cancer paper follows other studies investigating chimpanzee use to study human health and disease, including HIV/AIDS vaccine development. That study found chimpanzee use has not benefited but rather has hindered our search for an effective human vaccine against HIV/AIDS. 

. (0)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:52 pm
noted thank you

Marina C (8)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:03 pm
Wow. Thank you, Joanna!

marie T (163)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:05 pm
Thanks Joanna

MmAway M (519)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:06 pm
Thanks Joanna for this...

So a couple of the petitions, will save and get the rest tomorrow...gotta run...but, for sure I will get these taken care of.

Thanks again for all that you do!

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:15 pm
I'm beginning to think that scientists are endowed with sadistic genes that render them incapable of empathy to any creature on this earth.

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:15 pm
Thank you friends - the bill is very important if we want to make any step forward!!


Tierney G (381)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:15 pm
Thank you Joanna!

Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:27 pm
all signed , letter sent

this is so gross and using chimps is so disgusting. any animal used for testing or experiments is barbaric. the more human like the more terrifying and heart breaking.

i am applaud to find out that the naked, blind rat is being used more and more for research. because of its high tolerence for abuse.


Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:35 pm
Title: To prohibit the conducting of invasive research on great apes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] (introduced 3/5/2009) Cosponsors (100)
Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 10/13/2009
Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] - 4/21/2009
Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] - 10/14/2009
Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [NY-24] - 7/31/2009
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] - 3/5/2009
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 3/17/2009
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 4/27/2009
Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 3/19/2009
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 3/16/2009
Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] - 3/5/2009
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 3/17/2009
Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 3/5/2009
Rep Brown, Henry E., Jr. [SC-1] - 11/2/2009
Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-13] - 10/27/2009
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] - 3/5/2009
Rep Campbell, John [CA-48] - 3/5/2009
Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] - 3/5/2009
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 3/16/2009
Rep Castle, Michael N. [DE] - 10/14/2009
Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] - 10/13/2009
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 3/16/2009
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 10/27/2009
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 11/3/2009
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 3/24/2009
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. "Gerry" [VA-11] - 10/20/2009
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] - 10/21/2009
Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 10/13/2009
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 3/5/2009
Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 10/20/2009
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] - 3/5/2009
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] - 10/29/2009
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 3/5/2009
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 3/17/2009
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 3/10/2009
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 9/10/2009
Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] - 10/21/2009
Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] - 7/28/2009
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 5/13/2009
Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] - 10/29/2009
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 4/23/2009
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 9/30/2009
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 3/19/2009
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 3/5/2009
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 3/5/2009
Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 10/20/2009
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 3/5/2009
Rep Kilroy, Mary Jo [OH-15] - 9/15/2009
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 3/19/2009
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] - 4/27/2009
Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] - 3/5/2009
Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 3/12/2009
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 11/5/2009
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 3/16/2009
Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] - 3/5/2009
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 6/12/2009
Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] - 11/16/2009
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 3/5/2009
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 3/17/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] - 3/5/2009
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 10/14/2009
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 11/16/2009
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 3/19/2009
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 10/13/2009
Rep McMahon, Michael E. [NY-13] - 9/10/2009
Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] - 7/13/2009
Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] - 10/14/2009
Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 3/10/2009
Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 3/5/2009
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 10/13/2009
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 3/5/2009
Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] - 9/22/2009
Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] - 6/8/2009
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 3/17/2009
Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-2] - 10/29/2009
Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] - 11/16/2009
Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] - 9/30/2009
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 4/21/2009
Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] - 5/13/2009
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 9/23/2009
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] - 11/2/2009
Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] - 3/5/2009
Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] - 10/29/2009
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 4/28/2009
Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] - 10/14/2009
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 7/13/2009
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] - 11/16/2009
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 3/24/2009
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] - 3/10/2009
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 10/14/2009
Rep Sestak, Joe [PA-7] - 3/12/2009
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] - 3/5/2009
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 3/5/2009
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] - 3/10/2009
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 4/29/2009
Rep Titus, Dina [NV-3] - 6/12/2009
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 3/10/2009
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] - 10/13/2009
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 6/12/2009
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 7/13/2009
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 3/5/2009

the dates next to names tells when a rep signed the bill

liz c (827)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 6:49 pm
Noted and petitions signed. Thank you Joanna.

Catherine T (192)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 7:28 pm
thanks for making it easier. i feel like i spend half my life signing stuff. i hope we're not just spinning our wheels.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 7:36 pm
Thank you for taking action on our campaign.
Thanks JoAnna

Rhonda Maness (580)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 7:41 pm
Your message has been sent to the following decision makers:

Representative Robert 'Bob' B. Aderholt
Thanks JoAnna

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 9:46 pm
noted, but sadly most actions can only be taken by u.s.citizens, and others i'd done already.
great work again, joanna !

. (2)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 12:03 am
Your response has already been submitted once.

Thanks Joanna

Cheree M (46)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 12:53 am
Noted & signed All Petitions on Share Page. Thanks

chris b (2474)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 1:00 am
I don't need to read the lengthy reports of for and against animal testing. I am not an ape or a cat therefore I am unable to profit from their pain!

wiz wi (7)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 1:41 am
why oh why are there so many evil sick monsters on this world

Kay F (550)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 4:05 am
Noted & signed, thanks Joanna!

Maria P (100)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 4:11 am
Action taken. Thank you!

Margaret S (53)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 5:29 am
Just about to take action Joanna...what a horrendous picture of the monkey!!

Charlene S (126)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 6:36 am
You cannot currently send a star to Joanna because you have done so within the last week
I have written my congressman numerous times, even sent the list saying why is your name not on this, etc. etc. and he completely ignores me. I do not see any representative of Arkansas on this list, welcome to the redneck state!!!!!!!!!

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 6:45 am
TY Charlene
it would be much easier to list here the MEPs, MPs who answered my letters!!! I have no idea how many addresses I used to lobby about EU directive - for sure over 500 - and I got about 25 replies
Not mention some authorities from Spain I contacted about Fire Bull cause MANY times - NO REPLY!!!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 7:02 am
This planet is a sad place for animals to stay. All they want is peace and we as humans take it away without blinking an eye. We should be testing by scientist to find out what happened to "CONCIENCE"

Sue L (26)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 8:17 am
Noted and Petition signed - thanks Joanna

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 9:15 am
Thanks Joanna.

Thank you for taking action on our campaign.

Thank you for contacting your representative urging them to cosponsor the Great Ape Protection Act (an e-mail has been sent). If you would like a copy for your records, you can print or download a copy of your letter. You may also choose to send your letter via the U.S. Postal Service.

Message Recipient

Heath Shuler
Representative (D-North Carolina District 11)

Jessica S (1)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 10:36 am
thanks for the post

MARY D (158)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 11:11 am
Thank you Joanna for fighting so hard for our kin. I have forwarded, and taken action for them.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 12:45 pm
Have signed the ones that I can from the UK.

Kari D (192)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 1:11 pm
Already signed

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 3:30 pm
LOOK at this:

107 Cosponsors Now on Bill

Wednesday - December 2, 2009 (posted in Project R&R News)

Keeping a strong and steady pace since its introduction in early March, the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326) has, of as today, the support of 107 cosponsors. The bill is currently in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Project R&R thanks all our supporters who contacted their legislators. YOUR outreach has led to this ever-growing bi-partisan list of sponsors so critical to help ensure the bill’s success.

TY everybody!!!!

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 3:35 pm
» If your legislator is not signed on, ask them to cosponsor the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326.)
» If they are a 2009 cosponsor, please thank them.
» To order legislator postcards, click here.
» To find your legislator, click here.
» Finally, email the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Let them know you no longer want your tax dollars going towards research on great apes. Tell them you want NIH:

To retire all government owned/supported chimpanzees currently in U.S. labs to sanctuary; and,
To reallocate funding for alternatives, which are more humane, safer and better science.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 4:59 pm
Testing drugs on animals can actually be DANGEROUS; a drug that seems to "work" on "our near genetic relatives" and to be "safe" and "effective" on them, could well be NEITHER on human beings -- the genetic difference being enough to make a significant difference.
Drug Companies, Corporations, Big Pharma, INSIST on using these provably-false methods, to KEEP THE MONEY AND BIG PROFITS FLOWING IN.
They will NOT address Traditional Healing Methods; Holistic, Natural Methods; and Environmental Pollution causes; because THAT'S NOT WHERE THE MONEY IS.
Medicine should NOT BE FOR PROFIT. That way lies endless CORRUPTION.

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 5:52 pm

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to BMutiny because you have done so within the last week.

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 7:26 pm
not good news:
NASA's Monkey Experiments: One Giant Leap Backward
The space agency announced plans to expose squirrel monkeys to radiation in an attempt to understand the effects of interplanetary travel. PCRM asked NASA to halt its plan.

In a federal petition to NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr., PCRM asked him to halt the monkey experiments because they violate the NASA Principles for the Ethical Care and Use of Animals, also known as the Sundowner Report. The space agency has not used monkeys for radiobiology research in decades. But prior NASA experiments involving monkeys have resulted in death for the animals involved.

“Irradiating monkeys would be one giant leap backward for NASA,” says Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., PCRM’s director of research policy. “The proposed experiments are cruel, unnecessary, and lack scientific merit. There are better, more humane ways of understanding the potential dangers of interplanetary travel to humans. Scientific progress can only proceed with a strong ethical foundation.”

The experiments—proposed by researcher Jack Bergman of McLean Hospital in Boston—would involve irradiating monkeys and testing them to see how they perform on various tasks. Bergman has used squirrel monkeys for 15 years in addiction experiments, which have involved applying electric shocks, withholding food, and completely immobilizing the animals in restraint chairs for extended periods.

Radiation experiments involving nonhuman primates commonly involve restraint and other inhumane procedures. PCRM’s petition points out that Bergman’s radiation experiments will violate the standards of the Sundowner Report, a landmark 1996 NASA document that requires researchers to respect living creatures and to consider the full range of societal good that may come from an experiment. Additionally, nonanimal methods should be used whenever possible.

PCRM’s petition for administrative action states, “Genetic, physiological, and anatomical differences between humans and monkeys dramatically limit the conclusions that can be drawn from the planned experiments. Ongoing studies, including those funded by NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy, already use nonanimal methods to determine the effects of low-dose radiation on human tissues.”

The petition continues: “Interplanetary human travel is, at best, a highly speculative aim for the foreseeable future. It is obviously fraught with many dangers and enormous expense, while serving goals that are not at all clear. To put animals through radiation tests now in anticipation of such an enterprise is in no way justified.”

Anna H (74)
Thursday December 3, 2009, 3:55 am
Thank you Joanna, action taken..

Paola Ghidotti (2097)
Thursday December 3, 2009, 10:03 am
Action taken, thank you

Maria S (338)
Thursday December 3, 2009, 12:44 pm
Thanks, Joanna! I have signed " Non-U.S. citizens (including Canadians):"maybe 2 years ago. Signed again. The others actions will be taken at the weekend (I´m in a hurry right now).

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday December 8, 2009, 12:26 pm
109 sponsors on the list

Wednesday December 9, 2009, 2:29 am
While people honors public figures who fight for HIV/AIS, and many media and entertainment abused the issue in the name of "raising awareness", unfortunately people silently forgetting those who lost their lives so that we have a hope of curing the disease, which first come from our own deadly sins.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 1:14 am
You may post this link to the largest community for POZ people There should many people will support it since they have about 500,000 members.
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Animals

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.