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NEWS RELEASE October 28, 2009

Rock Legend Grace Slick Calls on Congress to End Chimpanzee Experiments

Singer’s Voicemail Invites Lawmakers to Capitol Hill Multimedia Exhibit, Urges Passage of Great Ape Protection Act

WASHINGTON—Forty years after pioneering a cultural revolution, Grace Slick is leading another movement. The rock legend is asking Congress to phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments and retire federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. In collaboration with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the Jefferson Airplane singer, known for such chart-topping hits as “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love,” has recorded a voicemail inviting members of Congress and their staffers to a Capitol Hill multimedia exhibit about chimpanzees.

Event Details

  • WHAT: An exhibit exploring the ethical and scientific reasons for Congress to pass the Great Ape Protection Act, (H.R. 1326)
  • WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 28, from noon to 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, first floor foyer
  • SPONSOR: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • INFO: Contact Noelle Callahan at 202-527-7389 

“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,” says Grace Slick in her voicemail, which will be delivered Monday night. “It’s time for America to join the long list of countries that prohibit invasive experiments on these amazingly intelligent animals.”

As Congress considers the Towns-Reichert Great Ape Protection Act, the Capitol Hill exhibit draws attention to the ethical and scientific implications of chimpanzee experiments. The exhibit will include photos of former laboratory-owned chimpanzees now living in sanctuaries and a video documenting recent chimpanzee abuse at a Louisiana primate research center. It will occupy the first floor foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building on Oct. 28 from noon to 2 p.m.

As a result of their use in experiments, chimpanzees can experience early separation from their mothers, social isolation, prolonged captivity, sensory deprivation, and repeated physical harm. Recently, ABC's Nightline exposed the abuse of chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana.

The Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326) would end invasive research on chimpanzees, release federally owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuaries, and end federal funding for the breeding of federally owned chimpanzees.

Grace Slick was the lead vocalist for the musical groups Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship. In 1996, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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