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Chimpanzee Protection Gains Ground in Congress

The Great Ape Protection Act, which would release more than 500 chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries, has gained steam since its introduction last March and now has more than 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. Many representatives signed on to support the Great Ape Protection Act after an exhibit about the bill came to Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Hill exhibit featured the story and photographs of Foxie, who was released from a laboratory in 2008. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.— one of the four representatives who introduced the Great Ape Protection Act—reads Foxie’s story.

The multimedia exhibit—organized by PCRM and the Humane Society of the United States—included photos of former laboratory-owned chimpanzees now living in sanctuaries and a video documenting recent chimpanzee abuse at a Louisiana primate research center. At the exhibit, PCRM doctors and experts talked with U.S. representatives and their staffers about chimpanzee experimentation and the legislation that would phase it out.

Although the current list of co-sponsors means the bill is more likely to get the attention it deserves in the House, more co-sponsors are needed to ensure passage. To take action, visit PCRM.org/GAPA or call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121.

Take action, view a slideshow of the Capitol Hill exhibit, and listen to Slick’s voicemail at PCRM.org/GAPA.

Grace Slick Calls on Congress

Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is joining PCRM in asking Congress to end experiments on chimpanzees. She recorded a voicemail inviting U.S. representatives to the Capitol Hill exhibit.

“We all need somebody to love, so I was shocked to learn that laboratories can keep chimpanzees locked up in metal cages about the size of a kitchen table,” said Slick in her voicemail.



 

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