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Friday, August 6, 2010

Senate Introduces Bill to End Great Ape Research

Breaking News: Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have introduced the Great Ape Protection Act (S.3694) in the U.S. Senate, lending bipartisan support to end the use of great apes in invasive research.

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) Project R&R (Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories) Science Director Dr. Jarrod Bailey recently met with Senator Cantwell and several other legislators, explaining how ending chimpanzee research would have no negative impact on human health. Dr. Bailey provided the Congress members with abstracts of NEAVS/Project R&R’s scientific papers, along with a list of over 700 scientists who have pledged their support for ending the use of chimpanzees in invasive research, demonstrating impressive scientific support for this legislation.

The House version (H.R. 1326) of the Great Ape Protection Act currently has 149 cosponsors.

Now it’s time to build the list of Senate cosponsors.

Please take action. It will take only a few minutes and it will make all the difference for the chimpanzees. Click here to locate your federal senators and tell them to support the Great Ape Protection Act (S.3694).

Photo of Cy being comforted by a caregiver courtesy of Nancy Megna and NEAVS.

SOURCE: NEAVS

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