Chimpanzee Protection Gains Wide-Ranging Support
Lawmakers, physicians, scientists, journalists, students, and many others have joined the campaign to pass the Great Ape Protection Act, which would end chimpanzee experimentation and release federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
More than 140 members of Congress have signed on in support of the bill, H.R. 1326. PCRM experts continue to meet with Members of Congress who have not yet signed on. PCRM is also working to facilitate the introduction of a Senate companion bill. The campaign to save America’s chimpanzees has been covered in various media outlets.
“Most people don’t realize that laboratories are allowed to confine chimpanzees for their entire lives in cages about the size of a kitchen table,” said PCRM’s director of research policy Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H. “Beyond the cruelty of the experiments, chimpanzees living in laboratories are denied the social contact they need. They can become depressed, and some even severely mutilate themselves.”
Make a Chimp Smile
One of the most dedicated supporters of H.R. 1326 is also one of the youngest. Nine-year-old Brandon Wood of Kissimmee, Fla., recently learned about chimpanzees and the problems with using them for experiments or entertainment. He started his own campaign, Make a Chimp Smile, to raise money for chimpanzees in sanctuaries and to urge Congress to pass the Great Ape Protection Act.