August 19, 2011
Time to Retire Chimpanzees from Harmful Research
In an op-ed in today’s New York Times, U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., a former primate researcher with the U.S. Navy, made an outstanding case to the nation to phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research.
He called for enactment of his bill, H.R. 1513—co-authored by Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Dave Reichert, R-Wash., James Langevin, D-R.I., and Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y.—arguing that’s it’s the right policy from a moral, scientific, and cost perspective.
Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have introduced a companion bill, the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act of 2011 (S. 810).
The federal government is in turmoil over how to reduce our national debt, and straining to find programs to cut. Here’s a small cut, but an easy one: stop experimenting on chimps and retire the current population into sanctuaries.