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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

Read the Journal story here and see Mr. Hackman’s letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) here.

On Tuesday, August 10th, KOAT 7 interviewed Governor Richardson on NIH’s plan, and the Governor expressed his unwavering commitment to find a better solution:

OnThursday, August 12th, the Albuquerque Journal called the NIH’s plan for more invasive research, “cruel and indefensible.”

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:

Panel analysis:

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
Farmington: (505)325-5030
Las Cruces: (575)523-6561
Santa Fe: (505)988-6647
Roswell: (575)622-7113

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
Gallup: (505)863-0582
Farmington: (505)324-1005
Tucumcari: (575)461-3029

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
Socorro: (575)835-8919
Los Lunas: (505)865-7802
Roswell: (575)622-4178

Once your calls are completed, you can email us the response you received.

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.
-Nelson Mandela

Related links:               
New Mexico In Focus
National Allies for the Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees

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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

Congressmen Luján & Teague Join the Outcry

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

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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