Over 100 Chimps To Leave a Laboratory
For The Peace and Dignity of Sanctuary

Call for the retirement of Alamogordo chimpanzees; Congress gives final consideration
to Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act

December 18, 2012, brought significant news for chimpanzees as the National Institutes of Health announced:

  Flo and Chimps

The National Institutes of Health, after extensive collaboration with the Chimp Haven federal sanctuary, New Iberia Research Center (NIRC), and other organizations, has developed a plan to formally retire directly to the Federal Sanctuary System all of its chimpanzees at New Iberia that were recently designated as permanently ineligible for biomedical research. The NIH animals housed at NIRC, New Iberia, La., are to be transferred to the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, La., over the next 12-15 months.

Never before has the National Institutes of Health sent so many chimpanzees to sanctuary at one time.

Send an email applauding the transfer of over 100 chimpanzees ages 1½ to 50 to sanctuary, and ask for the retirement of 55-year-old Flo and her colleagues at the Alamogordo Primate Facility.

Thank you in advance for speaking up now to see even more chimps retired!

Even with this momentum toward forever ending the use of chimpanzees in invasive testing, the effort to pass a bill formally banning the use of great apes in research is being attacked.

The National Association for Biomedical Research and Americans for Medical Progress are two of the many dubious groups working to undermine progress on the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. They are reaching out to their members to oppose the bill because, in their words:

"The legislation would take the unprecedented step of prohibiting the use of a research model, allowing public comment about the merit of specific research projects and protocols and opening the door for future prohibition of other research models."  

Will you let these special interest groups hold sway over your members of Congress, or will you take action?

Support Chimps Now  

Write and call your members of Congress to ask for the passage of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810). You can use this sample script or use your own words to talk about why getting chimps out of labs and spending resources on humane and effective science is good policy for the country. Act now while Congress is still in session!

What are the next steps to help Flo and all chimps in labs?

Just two years ago, the federal government supported moving two hundred New Mexico chimpanzees to a Texas lab, and now NIH has announced the largest retirement of chimps to sanctuary!

In January 2013, an independent group appointed by the NIH Council of Councils will present their report on how to implement the Institute of Medicine chimp study, first requested by New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman and Iowa’s Senator Harkin after months of intense public outcry from New Mexicans.

With the lives of hundreds of survivors at stake, 2013 will require cooperative work to make sanctuary a reality for all of the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees.

Thank you for believing in a better world for all creatures and for your persistent actions to bring this dream to reality.

Your emails, calls, and support of Animal Protection of New Mexico make all the difference for chimpanzees who have been trapped in labs for decades. THANK YOU!


Albuquerque Journal: Activists Hope to Retire Chimps

National Institutes of Health: NIH plans to relocate 110 chimpanzees from New Iberia to the Federal Sanctuary System