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Great Ape Protection Act Campaign

The Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326, would ban all invasive research on great apes and would grant all government-owned great apes permanent retirement to sanctuaries. This bill would end all research that could potentially cause death, physical harm, or psychological distress for about 1,200 chimpanzees currently housed in U.S. laboratories and would ensure that about 600 of these chimpanzees live out the rest of their natural lives in sanctuaries.

H.R. 1326 is currently in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. When the Great Ape Protection Act was first introduced in 2008, it was only supported by 29 co-sponsors. Last March, Representative Edolphus Towns of NY re-introduced the bill with 22 initial co-sponsors, and by September, that number had grown to 67 co-sponsors. At the time of this writing, the bill had 142 co-sponsors! One of the original sponsors is Representative Roscoe Bartlett of MD, who stated, "As a scientist who worked with chimpanzees on research projects, I believe the time has come to limit invasive research on these animals and rigorously apply existing alternatives."

Please contact your U.S. Representative by email, phone, or fax and ask them to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1326 the Great Ape Protection Act. If they are already co-sponsoring the bill, you can always thank them for doing so. Just follow the link below to send an email to your legislators as well as President Obama and Vice President Biden.

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