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New Mexico Chimps featured this September
at The Performance Space

Join APNM for chimp stories Sunday, Sept 23rd at 2pm at The Performance Space, La Tienda in Eldorado. Photos: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Are you curious to know more about chimpanzees and their stories of survival?
Want to talk about ending the use of chimpanzees in research and providing long-overdue retirement and sanctuary care?
Join Animal Protection of New Mexico on Sunday, September 23rd, for an intimate afternoon conversation:

People curious about chimps, how individuals recover from trauma, and increasing compassion in our communities.
Children ten and over are welcome to attend with their family!

CHIMPANZEES: Spellbinding Stories From Behind The Bars ~ An Afternoon Of Unexpected Biography, Biology and Benevolence
A Sunday afternoon reading, talk and fund-raising event that gives voice to the captive chimpanzees in New Mexico and around the globe.
Debra Rosenman, author and activist, presents a preview of her forthcoming book, The Chimpanzee Chronicles, an anthology of twenty-five stories by authors who share their original and very personal stories about captive chimpanzees. The Chimpanzee Chronicles presents narratives from around the globe that will take you on an emotional journey into the hidden worlds of biomedical lab research, zoos, chimps in the entertainment industry and chimps kept is pets. All is revealed through the eyes, ears, and hearts of the chimpanzees and their caregivers.
Special guest Laura Bonar, program director of APNM’s Chimpanzees to Sanctuary campaign, discusses why there are so many chimps in New Mexico, talks candidly about her visit to the Alamogordo Primate Facility in 2010, and dialogues with the audience on how New Mexico’s grassroots efforts to help the Alamogordo 200 are helping end the use of chimpanzees in research.
Sweet and savory treats provided!
Petitions to protect New Mexico’s chimpanzees will be available and a limited edition “chimp tag” will be raffled off as a door prize.

Sunday, September 23 at 2pm

The Performance Space  –  inside La Plancha at La Tienda in Eldorado
7 Caliente Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe!)

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We look forward to seeing you!!

Working Group on Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research plans the future of chimps nationwide
Staunch chimp advocates were heartened when the Institute of Medicine report “Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity” found “most current use of chimpanzees in biomedical research is unnecessary” and envisioned a future where no chimpanzees are held in laboratories.
This watershed December 2011 report led to a few significant changes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including an end to funding for future chimp research while the agency convened a Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research. But the chimps are not safe yet!
On September 5th, this Working Group provided an update to the NIH’s Council of Councils and stated they would present their findings in January 2013. You can see their presentation here.
If you already submitted public comments to the Working Group, thank you!
Please commit to sending a personal letter to the co-chairs of this new, all-volunteer Working Group on behalf of the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees.
Your own words are the most powerful, simply use these points as a guide and craft your own short, polite letter:
  • All of the chimps at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV, have been held in laboratories for over ten years, and have survived years and often generations of trauma.
  • The eldest chimp at the APF, Flo, turns 55 this September. Flo and all of the APF chimps deserve permanent retirement and sanctuary care.
  • Taxpayers will save tens of millions of dollars by managing the APF as a sanctuary for permanently retired chimpanzees.
Dr. Daniel Geschwind dhg@ucla.edu
Dr. Kent Lloyd at kclloyd@ucdavis.edu

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