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Enemies of Chimpanzees Given the Boot

Written by PETA | June 1, 2011

UPDATE: On June 8, 2011, the IOM announced that another biased member of the committee whom PETA had objected to, John Stobo, would also no longer be serving on the committee.    
 

Last year, under pressure from PETA and others, the National Institutes of Health halted plans to send nearly 200 retired chimpanzees back to a laboratory. Smarting from the public outcry, NIH asked the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a study to determine whether the U.S. should continue to be the only nation in the industrialized world to allow invasive experiments on chimpanzees.

The answer seems obvious, especially given the public’s overwhelming disapproval of treating our closest living relatives like laboratory equipment. But instead of giving chimpanzees a fair shake, the IOM stacked its recently announced 15-member review committee with animal experimenters and people from institutions that have openly lobbied against federal legislation to end chimpanzee experimentation. Not only did the IOM not disclose these blatant conflicts of interest, as is required by law, it also stated that anyone representing an animal advocacy group was automatically disqualified from serving on the committee!
 

 
PETA immediately wrote to the IOM protesting the biased committee and calling for it to be disbanded. After hearing from us, the IOM has removed two of the members we objected to, including one who works for a pharmaceutical company that experiments on chimpanzees. Now, if only the IOM would balance the scales and replace those two with people who see animals as more than furry test tubes.

You can help keep chimpanzees out of laboratories by letting your senators and representatives know that you support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would ban invasive experiments on chimpanzees and other great apes once and for all.
 

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • quicksilver says:

    To whom it may concern: If you can answer this question objectively and in the spirit of self-sacrifice for the good of humanity, then lab experiments on Chimps is okay. Could YOU put yourself (as a human) put your self on the chopping block for experiments that benefit humanity? If not, you know what the right answer is regarding the morality of subjecting chimps to lab experiment torture. Just a thought. Please don’t subject animals to anything we couldn’t stand ourselves! Paul and Justice

  • Lenne Hotchkiss says:

    TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO WRITE TONS OF LETTERS TO CONGRESS. THESE ANIMALS ARE SO MUCH LIKE US AND THEY DESERVE BETTER. WE HAVE CANCER AND OTHER ILLNESSES BECAUSE ANIMALS AND HUMANS ARE DIFFERENT. CANCER HAS BEEN AROUND A BAZILLION YEARS! ITS ABOUT GREED. NOW THEY WANT MORE MONEY FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH – JUST SAY NO!!!! IGNORANCE CAN NO LONGER BE TOLERATED

  • Dora Hardegger says:

    The U.S. should finally stop locking chimpanzees in laboratories and experimenting on them. We oppose the use of chimpanzees in experiments. Chimpanzees in laboratories suffer immensely both physically and mentally, they are poor models for human diseases, and every other industrialized country in the world has already made the compassionate decision to prohibit the use of chimpanzees in experimentation. Thank you for your attention!

  • Michelle says:

    Stop this disgusting cruelty! This is beyond appalling. Who has any right to treat an animal like this? You are all criminals.

  • Carolyn Cavallo says:

    I ONLY RE-ELECT CONGRESS MEMBERS WHO SUPPORT HUMANE ANIMAL WELFARE LEGISLATION!!!!

  • vincenzo says:

    Please stop this cruelty SHAME!! Vincenzo Italia

  • marius romania says:

    u are a criminal

  • Mira Dorota Hansen says:

    At være mennesket, er jeg ikke altid stolt af. Stop eksperimenter, forskning, og mishandling af alle slags dyr. Brug mennesker i stedet for, det har jeg fint med, vi har så mange kriminelle.Brug dem til at bidrage til noget fornuftig og mere nyttig i menneskets verden and at bruge uskyldige skabninger som dyr. Husk: dyr har også følelser- kærlighed, sorg, de har også sprog,og er sociale.

  • eva mtnez says:

    Please stop this cruelty, stop hurting the monkeys

  • Chiara Innocenti says:

    Monkeys are sensitive beings. Don’t hurt them! Please set them free! Choose other ways of scientific investigation! Please!

  • Mariela Noboa says:

    Please stop this cruelty, stop hurting the monkeys.

  • grady says:

    Animal research is scientific fraud whereby animals are being tortured, maimed and murdered to fund the NIH (national institute of health) and its collateral agencies resulting in major monetary rape of taxpayers to fuel these worthless and heartless agencies.

  • Aurora A says:

    Patrcia is right, please stop this cruelty…No more, please! “Please STOP the cruel and outdated experiments on chimps, there are more modern alternatives”

  • T.. says:

    Don’t use these poor creatures,use those, who owe debts to society… prisoners.

  • Patricia Estes says:

    Please STOP the cruel and outdated experiments on chimps, there are more modern alternatives!

  • Elvira Myers says:

    What is it with us humans….is all we really care about the thickness of our wallets? Good for Fulton county but that is just one county out of I don’t know how many. Is there any way to get a federal law passed? After all, circuses travel from state to state..interstate commerce laws????

  • Summer says:

    Big ugly pharma torturing animals again (or trying to). They can try the poisions they are making on themselves…before they try and dump it on the public.

  • Julie Christohperson says:

    Stop hurting the monkeys. If people want to use something living so badly for experiments, why don’t they do it on themselves and see how it feels. We are living in a world that has so many other ways of doing experiments without using live animals. Disgraceful!

  • gloria potts says:

    noooo more monkeys in all labs stopppppppp

  • Elena Monari says:

    Please stop this cruelty!