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December 7, 2009

Capitol Hill Chimpanzee Exhibit Raises Awareness

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Negra observing herself in a mirror at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington. For decades, Negra was subjected to numerous invasive procedures at a research laboratory. Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

  • Foxie with one of the many “troll” dolls she has adopted since moving from a research laboratory to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

  • Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary located in Louisiana and established by the passage of the CHIMP Act, provides chimpanzees with many first-time opportunities to express their natural behaviors. Chimp Haven

  • Paul and Libby enjoying their retirement at Chimp Haven after decades in a laboratory. Chimp Haven

  • Ebony when she was first retired to Save the Chimps, a sanctuary in Fort Pierce, Florida, after decades in a research laboratory (left) and Ebony today (right). Save the Chimps

  • An aerial view of Save the Chimps, the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world. Save the Chimps

  • A chimpanzee photographed during an HSUS undercover investigation revealing the wretched, barren living conditions of many of the 320 chimpanzees housed at New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. HSUS

  • Young chimpanzees at New Iberia Research Center. Many chimpanzees spend decades housed in laboratories. HSUS

  • A chimpanzee isolated for use in an experiment at New Iberia Research Center. HSUS

An exhibit featuring poignant images and video of chimpanzees living in research laboratories juxtaposed with images of chimpanzees living in sanctuaries was recently on display at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit was sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives and created to educate members of Congress and others about the chimpanzees kept in laboratories and used in harmful experiments who would be affected by the passage of The Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326).

The Great Ape Protection Act would phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research and retire all government-owned chimpanzees to sanctuary. The act was introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Dave Reichert (R-WA), James Langevin (D-RI) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD).

» Take Action: Tell Congress to Pass the Great Ape Protection Act

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