March 30, 2010 • Posted in Project R&R News
With 149 House cosponsors to date, the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R.1326/S.3694), currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, continues to gain support. Meanwhile, opposition to the bill is beginning to become vocal — a sign that they are starting to get that this bill has ‘legs!’
“We are ready for the opposition’s point of view,” says NEAVS/Project R&R Executive Director Dr. Theodora Capaldo. She adds, “And that is all it is, a point of view, without scientific, ethical, or economic foundation. We have the arguments in place to refute any and all of their exaggerated, misleading, and inaccurate claims. We have powerful legislators who want to hear both sides of the story. Our members and compassionate citizens everywhere should take pride in having helped fueled this debate. Opposition to the bill underscores the bill’s progress — gaining the support of thousands of citizens, scientists, and government leaders — and it informs us that the opposition is getting that, yes indeed, this really is happening.”
In response to opposition, Dr. Capaldo notes “We at NEAVS look forward to addressing their concerns and highlighting reality: ending chimpanzee research is not at the expense of human health. Instead, it will help move scientific advances forward via new progressive research methods that do work — thus helping and saving both human and chimpanzee lives and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars.”
NEAVS/Project R&R members are asked to keep an eye out for our ongoing eAlerts with timely action items to help pass the Great Ape Protection Act.