You can help chimpanzees in labs

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:27pm

Did you know there is some exciting momentum around the issue of chimpanzees used in invasive research?

Best estimates are that more than 1,000 chimpanzees are in labs in the U.S., either being used for painful and terrifying experiments or being warehoused in case they are wanted. One chimpanzee named Karen was taken from the wild as an infant and kept in a lab for more than 50 years.

 If you care to learn about this issue and spread the word, here are some other facts to pocket:

  • The common-sense reform currently before Congress, The Great Ape Protection Act, would phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research, and could save taxpayers money nearly $200 million
  • Most of the 1,000 lab chimps are not used, but warehoused
  • Chimpanzees are poor research models for human illness
  • Besides Gabon, only the U.S. uses chimps for biomedical research

Several organizations have started action campaigns on this issue, including HSUS and the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (perhaps you’ve seen their billboards on subways). And, JGI. Visit our information page and then take action. You can write your member of Congress via our site and then use our tell-a-friend feature.

Chimps in labs suffer from excruciating boredom, depression and fear. (Photo: PACE/IPPL-UK)

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