APNM's Chimps-to-Sanctuary Campaign Success Noted by New York Times, Albuquerque Journal

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The New York Times and Albuquerque Journal highlight APNM's work changing history for chimps. Help the animals - help us continue!

Did you know? The New York Times' front page, top-of-fold story "Unlikely Partners, Freeing Chimps From the Lab," on July 9th, 2013, credits Animal Protection of New Mexico's work in ending the use of chimps in research in the United States, and highlights the importance of strategy and collaboration. From The Times:

"There's a lot of problems in the world, this is a problem we can all solve," said Laura Bonar, the program director of Animal Protection of New Mexico, where the most recent chapter in the campaign for chimp protection began. "The very least that the chimps deserve is for us to work together to see them have some peace and dignity."

Please enjoy reading the story in full. Dr. Jane Goodall states that this "very, very important milestone" is incredibly important to the chimps and increases all compassion for animals. According to The Times:

Nor will the animal welfare movement stop at chimpanzees, as all parties are aware.
"What the chimpanzee has done is to prove there is no hard and fast line dividing us from the rest of the animal kingdom," Dr. Goodall said. "Once you admit that we're not the only beings with personalities, minds, capable of thought and emotions, it raises ethical issues about the ways we use and abuse so many other sentient, sapient beings - animal beings - every day."

The Times coverage comes after a July 1, 2013, editorial from the Albuquerque Journal linking the historic change for chimps to APNM. From the Journal:

Help us change history for chimps!
Nicole is one of the nearly 200 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility who deserves sanctuary. She was born at the lab on February 25th, 1983, and used for liver biopsies starting when she was only 13 months old. According to a former maintenance worker:
"Nicole was my best chimp buddy! She was four or five years old when we met. We had a wonderful rapport that I will NEVER forget. She was very easy to recognize because she had the most distinct, light brown eyes. She was beautiful, sensitive and gentle...
We would sit with each other every day. She had the most incredible sense of musical timing. I would sing to her and with the back of her hand she would take her nails and strum them across the chain link cage twice *Plink Plink* and then clap her hands twice *Clap Clap*. She would do this series of plinks and claps (always twice) in perfect rhythm to the song I was singing at the time. When I left, I promised to come back for her."
- H.A., former maintenance worker

Editorial: Chimps Get Early Holiday

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board

This Fourth of July will have special meaning for some 300 sentient beings who have no knowledge of the Declaration of Independence but who have sacrificed their health and freedom in service to this country.

We are referring to the chimpanzees the National Institutes of Health had the courage to finally permanently retire from painful, invasive and pointless biomedical research. Many, if not all, of the chimps housed in New Mexico will be included in that number.

Director Francis S. Collins had his agency do a 180 last week, reversing course and saying "new scientific methods and technologies have rendered (chimpanzees') use in research largely unnecessary... greatly reducing their use in biomedical research is scientifically sound and the right thing to do."

This amazing change of heart and direction is due in no small part to the unwavering dedication of many New Mexicans to the cause of ending the ethical, scientific and fiscal wrongs inherent in chimp testing. Thanks to advocates like Laura Bonar and Animal Protection of New Mexico; elected officials including former Gov. Bill Richardson, former Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Sen. Tom Udall; and the staff of the Alamogordo Primate Facility, who have tirelessly cared for at least 169 ill primates for years with a goal of getting their wards into a true sanctuary.

All spoke up to stop the wrongs being done to weaker creatures. It is fitting to celebrate their hard work ensuring independence for them this Fourth of July week.

Published in the Albuquerque Journal, July 1, 2013.
Posted with permission from the Albuquerque Publishing Company.

As APNM steps into the next phase of the Chimps-to-Sanctuary campaign (chimps to sanctuary at last!!), please consider donating in honor of a chimpanzee like Flo (the eldest chimp in Alamogordo), Nicole (taken away from her mother for use in research the same day she was born), or for a chimp like Rex who suffered terribly and never lived to see this day.

Please consider becoming a monthly donor at $50, $10, or $5 a month.

Changing the world for chimpanzees and all animals isn't automatic, but it is possible with your support for APNM.

Thank you for being an invaluable supporter for animals!

RELATED LINKS

Read the APNM press release: U.S. Moves to End Testing on Chimpanzees

Take action: Comment to list U.S. chimpanzees as Endangered

Watch video of chimps in sanctuary at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and Chimp Haven

Learn about the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance