Oppose the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act

Dec 05, 2012


Senate members who support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPCSA), which would prohibit invasive research on great apes and require the retirement of hundreds of chimpanzees owned or supported by NIH, are likely to bring the bill to the floor for consideration in the coming weeks. The legislation (S. 810), would not only prohibit the use of chimpanzees as a model for vital life-saving research, it would subject scientific research — both private and federally funded — to the approval of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Email your senator now to oppose the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.

According to the National Association for Biomedical Research, if passed, the legislation would take the unprecedented step of prohibiting the use of a research model, allowing public comment about the merit of specific research projects and protocols and opening the door for future prohibition of other research models.

Also, in contrast to claims that the bill would be a cost savings, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released an analysis last month that determined the GAPCSA will cost the government $56 million between 2013 and 2017.

Spread the word to your fellow researchers — those who use animals as well as those who don't — to act now.
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