Monday, March 9, 2009

R&R E-News

Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories

Great Ape Protection Act Reintroduced
PLEASE, call your legislator and ask them to cosponsor

The Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA) was reintroduced today in Congress. Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories applauds the bill's lead sponsors: Reps. Adolphus Towns, D-NY, David Reichert, R-WA, Jim Langevin, D-RI, and Roscoe Bartlett, R-MD and a long list of other cosponsors, for their commitment and continued attention to the urgent need for this legislation.
Project R&R is asking all members to contact their representatives immediately and ask them to cosponsor the bill.
Last night, an ABC Nightline segment featured a nine-month undercover investigation of New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana by HSUS that captured footage of the psychological and physical suffering of chimpanzees at NIRC. A 108-page complaint filed with USDA contains 338 alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Read more...
A message from NEAVS' President

Dear Supporter,
The tragic realities of life for chimpanzees and other primates in U.S. laboratories have finally been brought to light. Last evening’s expose on ABC NIGHTLINE educated millions of viewers on their plight. NIH* and the labs must be held accountable. (To write to the acting head of the NIH about this issue, click here; to write to NIRC, click here.)
Today, the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA) was reintroduced in the 111th Congress. Project R&R has been working diligently with HSUS, other organizations and individuals to secure a precedent setting number of cosponsors and a groundswell of public support for this bill. GAPA offers the promise of release and restitution to all chimpanzees now languishing in all U.S. laboratories.
Please visit our website today to find your legislator’s name and contact information and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of this important legislation.

Our promise to all the chimpanzees we know - that we will help all those who are still waiting in laboratories -will be fulfilled with passage of the Great Ape Protection Act.

I also invite each of you who is not already a GAPA volunteer to consider signing up NOW – you’ve never been needed more.
A sincere thank you for your ongoing support in helping us pass and sign GAPA into law and for your commitment to NEAVS until we arrive at the day when all animals in all labs will be replaced with humane, scientifically superior non-animal research.
Finally, a special thank you to Tom, Pepper, Jeannie, Rachel, Billy and all the others whose presence in our life inspires us and who are truly the ones who will help us help all the rest.
Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D
President NEAVS/Project R&R
The Great Ape Protection Act Prohibits:
Invasive research on great apes
Federal funding of such research both within and outside of the U.S.
Transport of great apes for such research
Federal breeding of great apes for such research
Permanent retirement of all federally-owned great apes
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