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Community's Efforts Reap Rewards
NIH Gives Alamogordo Chimps Temporary Reprieve From Research


 
New Mexico and the country are standing on the edge of an historic time for chimpanzees who've suffered in invasive research laboratories.

On New Years Eve, the Albuquerque Journal featured the top of fold front-page headline “Chimps to Stay in N.M. For a While,” read the whole article at this link, which gives a great overview of the past few months.

Nature’s blog broke the news of an official statement from the National Institutes of Health: “The National Institutes of Health has determined that the chimpanzees currently located at the Alamogordo Primate Facility on the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, will remain there pending an Institute of Medicine (IOM) in-depth analysis to reassess the scientific need for the continued use of chimpanzees to accelerate biomedical discoveries. During this time, the Alamogordo chimpanzees will not be used in invasive research.”

THANK YOU for making history for Flo and her extended family! Now is the time to be proud of everything we did together in 2010, check out this list for a reminder.

January 5th's Albuquerque Journal featured a pull out quote from APNM Program Director Laura Bonar and showed the strong support this issue has gained, read the whole story here.

WHAT’S NEXT?
These stories illustrate the power of people who unite for an important cause. Animal Protection of New Mexico has been honored to work with articulate, passionate and effective individuals and organizations within our state and around the country, including Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico’s congressional delegation, dozens of local elected leaders, and national advocacy organizations including the Humane Society of the United States, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in US Labs and the Jane Goodall Institute. We hope you agree that APNM’s collaborative organizing is incredibly effective and worth the time and energy invested!

Here are a few actions to take right away:
  1. Thank the National Institutes of Health for responding to the concerns of so many citizens. Send a short, polite Thank You to nihnmb@mail.nih.gov, you may simply paste this text into your email and sign at the bottom:
    Dear National Institutes of Health,

    Thank you for exercising prudence and compassion for the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees. I care deeply about this issue and welcome a thoughtful analysis and rigorous review of the use of chimpanzees in invasive research.

    Sincerely,

  2. Stay tuned for developments in 2011, by working together we are moving mountains! Encourage your friends to sign up for our eAlerts so they can receive the latest breaking news about a path forward to save all chimps in labs.

"After climbing a great hill, one finds there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk has not yet ended."— Nelson Mandela


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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS:

5/22/11: McClatchy Series Reveals Depth of Suffering for New Mexico’s Chimpanzees

1/10/11: ABQ Journal: N.M. Chimps Get A Reprieve; 800+ Need It

1/3/11: Chimps To Stay in N.M. For a While

12/20/10: Chimp Updates Give Reason for Hope

11/18/10: APNM Joins the Governor at D.C. Press Conference

11/1/10:
Congressmen Luján & Teague Join the Outcry


10/16/10:
Ad Thanking New Mexico’s Leaders Runs Statewide

9/27/10: Nature News: Chimps' Fate Ignites Debate

9/25/10: Albuquerque Journal editorial: Chimps Win 1st Round

9/17/10: European Union Bans Research On Great Apes While Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees Watch and Wait

9/7/10: APNM eAlert: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CBC Radio Cover Plight of Chimpanzees

9/2/10: New York Times: Will Aging Chimps Get to Retire, or Face Medical Research?

9/1/10: APNM eAlert: Keep Constituent Pressure on Your Elected Officials -Ethics, Science, and the Economy are On the Chimps’ Side

8/22/10:
Albuquerque Journal Guest Column -- Dear NIH: Chimp Testing Broke My Dad's Heart


8/17/10: KOAT -- Governor Richardson Meets With NIH for Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees

8/13/10: APNM eAlert: Chimpanzees Continue to Make Headlines

8/12/10: Albuquerque Journal Editorial -- Fed Stance on Chimps Cruel and Indefensible

8/10/10: Albuquerque Journal Story -- NIH Still Planning to Move Chimps

8/5/10: APNM eAlert: Five Actions to Help Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees

7/27/10: Easy Petition to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

7/26/10: KOAT Video - Battle Brews Over Future For Research Chimps

7/23/10: APNM eAlert: Governor Richardson Speaks Out for Chimps

7/22/10: Governor Richardson Supports Efforts to Save Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees (pdf)

7/22/10: Albuquerque Journal Guest Column - Chimps Back in Nightmare

7/21/10: KOAT Video -- Chimps Moved for Research

7/19/10: APNM eAlert: Fifteen Chimpanzees Already Moved to Texas

7/16/10: Albuquerque Journal Editorial: Feds' Chimp Transfer a Lose-Lose-Lose Deal

7/8/10: APNM eAlert: Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees to Be Moved for Invasive Research

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