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Ethics, Science, and the Economy are On the Chimps’ Side


Negra lives in peace thanks to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. Her daughter, Heidi, is facing re-entry into biomedical research.

If you have already called, thank you. Please call your elected officials every week and ask for an update on Alamogordo Primate Facility. These chimpanzees deserve sanctuary care and permanent retirement from invasive research and Congress can make this happen, but they need to hear from you.
On behalf of Flo, the oldest Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) chimp who turns 53 this September, Robbie, the youngest APF chimp whose parents were part of the original space chimp program, and Heidi, whose family members are safe while she faces years more in a lab, thank you for calling your U.S. Senators and Representative to advocate for permanent retirement of these chimpanzees.

The National Institutes of Health’s current plan to move all the APF chimps to a lab in 2011 for further invasive research makes no ethical, scientific, or economic sense. If you have called your members of Congress once, thank you. Congress oversees NIH and can intervene for a change in course. Please calendar to call Congress once per week and ask for an update on the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees until we see these chimps retired. For more detailed information, please see our in-depth review of NIH's current plan and our frequently asked questions page.

A powerful guest column in the Albuquerque Journal by a woman whose father worked for The Coulston Foundation brought personal perspective to invasive research on chimpanzees in New Mexico. Here’s an excerpt of her column:

My father was a histotechnologist. He worked for hospitals, national laboratories and for one short time at the Coulston Foundation — read research lab — in Alamogordo. He prepared microscopic slides from tissues gathered at autopsies; in animal research, these are called necropsies.

In chimpanzees, what were the results of experimentation from chemicals, burns, gunshot wounds, trauma, radiation and drug studies?
It was a gruesome task, but he did so because he believed it would contribute to the greater good. Healing could come from this. And he was a man trying to provide for his family.

As time went on he no longer believed that experimentation on animals, including those experiments performed on chimpanzees and primates, showed results.

He quit his position in protest of the treatment of these beings. My father has long since passed away. However, he took his opportunity to act, to make a humane moral decision, although silent to most.

Please, it is time for us to stand up and support the Alamogordo chimpanzees and to save New Mexico jobs. It is the right thing to do.

For individuals outside New Mexico, please use www.contactingthecongress.org to reach your elected officials. Everyone can contact both of their Senators and the one Representative for their district. Let the staff answering the phone know you are a registered voter and what your zip code is.

For New Mexicans, please contact these local offices through the Sept 13th Congressional recess. Politely talk to the staff about your deep concerns for the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees, and ask them to work for permanent retirement to sanctuary in New Mexico at the facility that’s been the chimps’ home for years.

Call Each of Your Senators at the Office Closest to Your Home:

Senator Bingaman
Albuquerque: 346-6601
Farmington: 325-5030
Las Cruces: 523-6561
Santa Fe: 988-6647
Roswell: 622-7113

Senator Udall
Albuquerque: 346-6791
Las Cruces: 526-5475
Santa Fe: 988-6511

Call One Representative at the Office Closest to Your Home:

Congressman Ben Ray Luján
Santa Fe: 984-8950
Las Vegas: 454-3038
Rio Rancho: 994-0499
Gallup: 863-0582
Farmington: 324-1005
Tucumcari: 461-3029

Congressman Martin Heinrich
Downtown Albuquerque: 346-6781
South Valley: 877-4069

Congressman Harry Teague
Hobbs: 393-0510
Las Cruces: 522-3908
Socorro: 835-8919
Los Lunas: 865-7802
Roswell: 622-4178

Thank you for talking to your friends and neighbors, emailing info to people, and making those important phone calls to your elected officials. If you want to do more, please email us.

Related links:               

Save the Chimps, Inc.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest
APNM’s Chimp Campaign Page
National Allies for the Alamogordo Primate Facility Chimpanzees / HSUS
Project Release & Restitution for Lab Chimpanzees
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


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