Fall 2010 Magazine

Alamogordo Chimpanzees Still in Danger

Did you know that the United States is the last of the developed nations to allow invasive research on chimpanzees? This is shameful.

Ten years ago the chimps at the Alamogordo Primate Facility got a reprieve. They were retired from any further research. Flo, who just celebrated her 53rd birthday is one of the oldest chimps in captivity, but she faces re-entry into invasive research in San Antonio at the Southwest National Primate Research Facility. The reason the chimps may go back into research is because they can generate revenue, according to an Associated Press story. Researchers are charged to use the chimps. Flo has more than served her time in this program. She, and the other chimps, deserve to live out their lives where they are.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has charge of the chimps and has given them a reprieve until the end of 2011 due to the efforts of many individuals and groups from Governor Bill Richardson to Save the Chimps, to HSUS, and thousands of people who have called their legislators. This should be a permanent reprieve. But the fight is not over. We need to keep pressure on the NIH to do the right thing for these chimps who have given so much in their lives. We owe them that.

What can you do to help these chimpanzees?

Please call your members of Congress. Support and thank our leaders who are working to protect the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees, and work to inform leaders not yet supporting retirement how important this issue is to you.

For further information on the chimpanzees, highlights of media coverage and up-to-the-minute news concerning the chimpanzees fate, go to www.apnm.org.

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