Your support is ending the use of chimps in invasive testing...

and only you can ensure these chimps receive sanctuary.

Annie and Missy, photo courtesy Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

Dramatic news that the nation is ending the use of chimpanzees in invasive research has made 2013 a little brighter for so many who have fought for years to protect chimpanzees in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, stated that 300 chimpanzees considered owned by the federal government will be retired soon.

If you agree that all of the Alamogordo chimps deserve sanctuary, please renew your commitment and SEND A MESSAGE TODAY. Use our easy form to write to the National Institutes of Health - be sure to mark your interest in this issue!

Sick, elderly chimpanzees like Danny, who lost a leg as a result of his life in the lab, have moved you to action and you moved mountains to end funding for invasive tests on chimps in the United States and formalize policy that no more tax dollars will be spent breeding chimps for cruel and ineffective research.

But seeing these survivors receive the peace and dignity of sanctuary is not guaranteed, we need your help!

Missy and Negra, photo courtesy Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

Saving more chimps: a step-by-step

1) Support existing chimpanzee sanctuaries

Chimp Haven, Save the Chimps, and all of the accredited sanctuaries of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance play a critical role providing exceptional care for chimpanzees who are often sick and traumatized when they enter sanctuary. Learn more about these amazing organizations and support their work!

2) Increase public support for chimps

In 2000, Congress passed the Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance and Protection (CHIMP) Act, determining that chimpanzees who had been used by the government in invasive research would be provided with lifetime sanctuary care.

The CHIMP Act provides that the government pay for most, but not all, of the cost of caring for retired chimps -- private citizens must pay for at least 25% of year-round operating costs and 10% of construction costs for chimps in sanctuary. Financial help is just one type of help that chimps like Danny need to get to experience sanctuary

Can you help us remove the excuses that keep chimps out of sanctuary? Volunteers for APNM have already circulated petitions, raised money, attended meetings, reviewed medical records, testified, and called and written time and time again for chimps. Join this effective movement: sign up to volunteer today and consider giving monthly -- thank you for using your skills and passion to help chimps!

3) Retire hundreds of chimpanzees

Efforts to date have helped over 100 chimps from Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center become classified as “retired” and they are now heading to Chimp Haven (get a tissue and watch the video!).

Join APNM as we keep pressing to get hundreds more chimps to sanctuary, including all of the chimps from Alamogordo. They deserve nothing less!

Thank you for your dedication to chimps and all animals!

From The New York 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.”


Did you miss these stories when they first came out? Learn more about what chimps have endured and fuel your passion for protecting these survivors:

McClatchy DC: Chimps: Life in the Lab

Psychology Today: Through a Glass, Darkly, and Out the Other Side

KOAT: Chimp History

NBC News: Ken & Rosie

Video: Experience Chimp Haven

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