Jody at Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW
Dear PCRM supporter,
Chimpanzees need your help now more than ever. Your U.S. Senator, Patty Murray, is co-chair of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction ("super-committee") that has been tasked with finding more than a trillion dollars to cut from the budget over the next 10 years. We believe we can help. PCRM is pushing Sen. Murray to include language in the super-committee agreement from the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S.810), a bill that permanently ends chimpanzee experimentation in the United States and retires all chimpanzees currently in U.S. labs to sanctuary.
On Nov. 2, we had a terrific event in Seattle. More than 75 people braved the pouring rain to learn about our efforts to end chimpanzee experiments and to write a letter to Sen. Murray. Now, we're asking you to write to Sen. Murray today. We have asked you to send form letters in the past, but now she needs to know that her constituents care enough to sit down and write their own letter.
Please send a letter to Sen. Murray's Washington, D.C., office. You can also follow up with a phone call:
Senator Patty Murray
48 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
In your letter, it's important to explain why you think chimpanzee experimentation should end and include the following talking points as a guide.
- As a Washington voter, I am writing to ask that you include language in the Joint Deficit Agreement that would end chimpanzee experiments.
- Ending chimpanzee experiments will save one-third of 1 billion taxpayer dollars over the next decade.
- Government-owned chimpanzees in laboratories cost an average of $51 per day. At the federal sanctuary the cost is $32 per day for higher quality care.
- The United States is the last country in the world that permits large-scale confinement of chimpanzees in laboratories and their use in invasive research.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require chimpanzee data to approve vaccines or therapies. In fact, two hepatitis C therapies were recently approved by the FDA without the use of chimpanzees.
- Chimpanzees suffer much like human victims of traumatic experiences.
- Ending chimpanzee experiments is pro-science. Tax dollars would be better spent on ethical and effective alternatives.
- Continuing to fund research on great apes is something that Democrats and Republicans agree is a waste of taxpayers' money and offers little human health benefits.
- The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S.810) has broad-based bipartisan support. The 111th Congress saw more than 160 Members of Congress support this proposal, and legislation is again gaining momentum in the 112th Congress.
Thank you so much for your passion and effort. When you are finished with your letter, please forward this e-mail to a fellow Washingtonian. Together, we will end chimpanzee experimentation in the United States.
Director of Public and Government Affairs