Chimpanzees Continue to Make Headlines
New Mexico In Focus Delivers In Depth Television Coverage of the Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees
The week of August 9, media pressure continued to build for the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees. On August 10, the Albuquerque Journal ran a story about the many voices raised for chimpanzees, including Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Tom Udall, and actor Gene Hackman.
The chimpanzees cannot advocate for themselves, please speak up to prevent further invasive research on these animals who have already spent long and difficult years in laboratories. Photos: HSUS
KNME's New Mexico in Focus featured 30 minutes of in-depth coverage on impacts for chimpanzees and people if Alamogordo Primate Facility is closed down. State Representative Nate Cote, University of New Mexico Professor Emeritus Dr. John Gluck, and APNM's Laura Bonar were interviewed by Tracy Dingmann, and then The Line panelists weighed in. Watch the chimpanzee segments of the show in these youtube videos:
Interview with APNM's Laura Bonar:
Now is the time for citizens to speak to their elected officials about uniting for compassion, effective science, and fiscal responsibility. Please call and ask your elected officials, “What is your stance on the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees?"
For individuals outside of New Mexico, please use www.contactingthecongress.org to reach your elected officials. Everyone can contact both of their Senators and the one Representative for their district. Let the staff answering the phone know you are a registered voter and what your zip code is.
For New Mexicans, please contact local offices during the August Congressional recess:
Call Each of Your Senators at the Office Closest to Your Home:
Senator Bingaman Albuquerque: (505)346-6601
Las Cruces: (575)523-6561
Santa Fe: (505)988-6647
Senator Udall Albuquerque: (505)346-6791
Las Cruces: (575)526-5475
Santa Fe: (505)988-6511
Call One Representative at the Office Closest to Your Home:
Congressman Ben Ray Luján Santa Fe: (505)984-8950
Las Vegas: (505)454-3038
Rio Rancho: (505)994-0499
Congressman Martin Heinrich Downtown Albuquerque: (505)346-6781
South Valley: (505)877-4069
Congressman Harry Teague Hobbs: (575)393-0510
Las Cruces: (575)522-3908
Los Lunas: (505)865-7802
THANK YOU for speaking up. Chimpanzees have been used in research in New Mexico since the 1950’s, and in 2010 we have an opportunity to forever change our legacy, but it is not easy to change decades of sanctioned cruelty. Please remember the many struggles behind us as we work toward a better future:
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that 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 a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.