Wonderful News! Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act Moves Toward Passage
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act just took a huge step toward passage this year. Last week, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, supporting its passage out of committee to a full Senate vote. But the fight is not over. We still need you to ask Congress to support the bill.
“The House was waiting for some kind of movement in the Senate, and now they’ve seen it. This is a wonderful event for people who have been tracking this legislation,” said PCRM director of government affairs Elizabeth Kucinich on the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act in Nature.
This important legislation now has the bipartisan support of more than 180 members of Congress and would end invasive and harmful experiments on chimpanzees, permanently end breeding of chimpanzees for invasive research, and release federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
“As a scientist who used primates as subjects in life-saving research for America’s military pilots and astronauts as well as the only member of Congress with a doctorate in human physiology, I can assure you that spending more taxpayer money on invasive research on chimpanzees is both scientifically and fiscally unnecessary,” wrote Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (D-Md.) in an opinion piece in The Hill.
Also, an Institute of Medicine committee charged with examining the necessity of chimpanzee experimentation could not find a single area of health research for which the animals are essential. In fact, the committee concluded that in some instances using chimpanzees could hinder progress toward finding therapeutics and vaccines for humans.
Ending chimpanzee experiments will save a quarter of billion taxpayer dollars over the next decade. The United States is the last country in the world that permits large-scale confinement of chimpanzees in laboratories and their use in invasive research.
To learn more about the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, visit PCRM.org/GAPSCA.