Saturday, May 21, 2011

Help Stop Animal Cruelty In US Laboratories

In an effort to help prevent chimpanzees from being subjected to miserable lives in the cages of a laboratory, I ask you to support the passage of The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810).  This act will put a permanent end to the torture that chimps, and all other apes are put through in the name of science, when in fact we know that chimps are out closest living genetic relatives, and lead rich emotional lives.  Chimpanzees are social, intelligent creatures that have shown incredible memory, and compassion for their friends and families. 

The "life" lead by chimps in the labs' often undersized cages leaves lifelong emotional scars.  Psychological disorders can be experienced, causing depression leading to self-mutilation.  Chimps are used as models and often injected with AIDS, hepatitis, cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, leprosy, heart disease, and other human health problems, which they would never encounter in their natural habitat.  The United States is the only industrialized nation still carrying out these cruel and disgusting experiments on the chimps.  Passage of HR 1513 would allow chimps to lead fruitful lives, and even send 500 captive chimps to sanctuaries throughout the US.


  1. Although I don't believe in cruelty to animals, I don't believe medical testing on them falls under that category. Infecting one chimp with AIDS could save millions of lives. Therefore have at it.

  2. The way they are held, though, is quite tortuous. Living in cages their entire life is deplorable. Medical testing like this on a human would be considered immoral. But testing on an animal 99% similar to us is Ok? Why? Instead of intentionally infecting a healthy animal with a disease, why not just monitor a human that contracts the disease?

  3. because you can't inject a human with a vaccine that you do not know works. If there was a better way then it would be done by now, people don't just do animal testing because they like to hurt animals. It is the quickest and safest (for humans) option. Medical testing on humans is immoral because they are HUMANS! Where is the outrage for lab rats, or any other inferior species. If you are concerned for an inferior species like the chimpanzee then you should be concerned for rats,fish, ants, spiders and all other creatures on this earth.

  4. I don't think any animals should be subjected to a life in a cage. Some cosmetic companies still test On rabbits, because rabbits can't tear up. Some clothing companies still use fur. It's not like we don't have other means to stay warm. Animals aren't a testing ground for people.