Did you know that there are an estimated 1,000 chimpanzees in biomedical research and testing laboratories or "warehouses" across the U.S.?
That the U.S. is the only country besides Gabon that continues to conduct invasive research on chimpanzees?
Despite all we know about chimps, their amazing minds, their rich emotional lives -- and evidence that they are poor models for study of human disease, they continue to be used in painful and invasive experiments.
Many have been in labs for decades -- never feeling the warm rays of the sun or the touch of a gentle breeze.
If you want to help chimpanzees in labs, spread the word about a bill currently in Congress: the Great Ape Protection Act.
It would prohibit invasive research on great apes in the United States and retire government-owned lab chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
It also would prohibit using federal funds to conduct research on great apes, as well as the breeding and transport of great apes for invasive research. It applies to chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans as well as to gibbons (not great apes)
There are good arguments in favor of this bill, including taxpayer savings. See our talking points