November 18, 2010
Governor Bill Richardson today filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, asking it to stop and investigate the planned transfer of 186 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility.
“This is an urgent matter and I am asking the Department of Agriculture to immediately launch an investigation into the proposed transfer of these chimpanzees,” Governor Richardson said. “These chimpanzees have already given so much of their lives to medical research, and they should be allowed to permanently retire free from invasive testing.”
APNM Program Director, Laura Bonar, joined Governor Richardson at the Hall of the States in Washington, D.C., “The complaint focuses on four Alamogordo chimps who endured horrible mistreatment and who now suffer from multiple, serious medical conditions. We are so grateful for the Governor’s work and all the collaborative efforts of individuals and organizations across the country to save these chimps.”
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EXCELLENT TV COVERAGE FROM KRWG
Las Cruces PBS and NPR affiliate, KRWG, spent time interviewing a variety of people affected by plans to close down the Alamogordo Primate Facility. The radio version has hit the airwaves, and the tv version airs Thursday night at 7pm. You can also watch it online here.
NEW YORK TIMES ASKS DR. JANE GOODALL
ABOUT ALAMOGORDO PRIMATE FACILITY
||Dr. Jane continues to inspire with her consistent, compassionate message of hope.
Read the new New York Times interview
with Dr. Jane about her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees in Africa, and look for this excerpt:
Q. There are 185 captive chimpanzees at the federal primate facility in Alamogordo, N.M., that may soon be used for medical research, particularly to study Hepatitis C. Why have you been trying to stop that?
A: Because it’s morally wrong. We scientists have proved pretty conclusively that chimpanzees can suffer, that they can anticipate arriving pain. They do have feelings. If you perform an invasive procedure on an animal that is capable of suffering and feeling pain, your behavior is amoral.