Despite overwhelming research that says ape testing yields unreliable results, more than 900 of these creatures are locked up in government-funded US laboratories. They endure painful procedures infecting them with diseases like HIV and hepatitis and are locked up for decades, deprived of their basic desires.

These practices fly in the face of the landmark National Academy of Sciences report that studied the scientific validity of experiments on chimpanzees. It concluded that, "most current biomedical research use of chimpanzees is not necessary," prompting the National Institutes of Health to suspend funding for future experiments on chimpanzees.

The majority of the worldwide scientific community agrees with these findings. Furthermore, the entire European Union unanimously agreed on the cruelty and irrelevance of ape experimentation and banned it completely.

That just leaves us. The US is torturing chimps to conduct experiments with questionable results that won’t be taken seriously by the scientific community as a whole because...that’s how we’ve always done it?

This is not progress. This is incompetence. And it’s at the expense of innocent creatures.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) effectively ends this outdated practice, retiring all federally owned chimps to permanent sanctuaries where they can live out the rest of their lives with freedom and care.

The bill also prevents all future federally funded projects from ape experimentation, removing this blemish from the US scientific community.

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