Will Flo and Her Colleagues See
Retirement This Year?
Keep up the pressure to do the right thing,
the chimps are counting on you!
The February 2012 census from the Alamogordo Primate Facility serves as a ghastly reminder of what are the consequences of a life filled with forced, invasive lab research:
Animal #
Name
Birthdate
Health Status
1218
Danny
1982/01/15
Left leg amputated
1040
Evonne
1973/01/01
HIV exposed, geriatric, severe hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy
1509
Bo
1984/01/12
HBV carrier, HIV positive, hepatic amyloidosis, hepatomegaly

Speak up today for chimps like Danny (above) who deserve permanent
retirement and sanctuary care.

Turn your justifiable disgust into positive change: Raise your voice now to retire Danny, Evonne, Bo and all of the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees using the link provided by the Council of Councils Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research. This body has been charged with determining how to implement the important findings of the Institute of Medicine study on chimpanzees.
Please don’t delay! Comments are due by April 10, 2012. Make sure you fill in all required fields of the online form as noted by red asterisks. You can craft your own comments, or simply copy and paste the text below into the field “Comment 3”:
All chimpanzees in U.S. labs, and especially all chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF), deserve permanent retirement and sanctuary care.
The APF chimps are unique because they are survivors of the infamous Coulston Foundation, a private, taxpayer-funded laboratory which amassed chimps from other U.S. laboratories and bred many more, resulting in the largest colony of captive chimps in the world.
Many animals died brutal and senseless deaths at Coulston. This lab accumulated multiple egregious violations of federal laws yet there was no backstop to the breeding of more chimpanzees.
Approximately half of the surviving Coulston colony is today in the custody of the exemplary sanctuary Save the Chimps, where these chimps are provided with lifetime care, a stimulating environment, and at last some choice about the daily activity of their lives.
The rest of Coulston’s surviving chimps are still in the custody of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), housed mostly at the Alamogordo Primate Facility although some were shipped to Texas Biomed in San Antonio, TX. No invasive research has taken place at the APF since 2001.
The APF chimps are also unique because the public may access their medical records. This is not possible for any other chimps in U.S. laboratories. NIH records show that all of the APF chimps were exposed either intentionally or accidentally to HIV and HCV while at the Coulston Foundation.
Chimpanzees in research are much more than objects, they are sentient individuals and they suffer both physically and psychologically from trauma.
Please provide all of the APF chimpanzees with immediate, permanent retirement. Consider that the APF was built with millions of federal tax dollars, and it could and should be converted into a sanctuary to care for chimpanzees permanently retired from research.
The public realizes these chimpanzees were forced to suffer, all because of unrealized hopes that human health would improve. Thank you for helping Americans keep our long-overdue obligation to the APF chimpanzees.

Thank you for taking the time to speak up TODAY for chimpanzees!
...........

The APF chimps and all government-owned chimpanzees would also be provided with permanent retirement and sanctuary care via passage of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPCSA – S. 810/H.R. 1513).
According to Gannett Washington Bureau, the GAPCSA is scheduled for its first Senate hearing on April 24, 2012.
Please call your members of Congress and ask them to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act – S. 810/H.R. 1513. Thank them for their service to New Mexico and ask what else you can do to help them help chimps!
• Call both of your U.S. Senators:
Senator Tom Udall at 202-224-6621

Senator Jeff Bingaman at 202-224-5521
• Call your one U.S. Representative, if you are not sure which district you live in, look it up here:
CD#1 Representative Martin Heinrich at 202-225-6316

CD#2 Representative Steve Pearce at 202-225-2365

CD#3 Representative Ben Ray Luján at 202-225-6190



Grow the Movement to Help Chimpanzees
Are you yourself a student or do you work with youth?
The chimps need your/their help!
La Montañita Co-op in Santa Fe will kick off youth outreach for chimps with their Help Retire the Chimps Event! on Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
Kids and families are invited to visit the APNM table at La Montañita at 913 W. Alameda in Santa Fe on Sunday, 4/22 from 11-5 to:
  • make puppets
  • learn more about chimps and how to help them
  • purchase raffle tickets for fabulous prizes like tickets to the new Chimpanzee movie or even an APNM chimp tag
Contact us to help volunteer at this event, or if you want to help organize a similar event for kids in your neighborhood!
 
RELATED LINKS:
Visit and share www.RetireTheChimps.org
Read the Chimp Study at The Institute of Medicine website
Read a Critical Overview of the Chimp Study from The Kennedy Institute of Ethics


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