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ACT: Captive Chimps Need Your Help NOW

More than 200 former research chimpanzees have been housed on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF). They have been at APF, which does not permit invasive research on site, since 2001. But they are not out of the woods! While both the chimpanzees at APF and the facility itself are owned by the federal government, a for-profit biomedical research company, Charles River Laboratories, has held a 10-year, $42.8 million contract to manage the chimps. This contract is set to expire in May 2011.

The contract’s expiration presents an opportunity for the chimps’ care to be taken over by a non-profit organization so that they can remain where they are for life, free from having to ever endure human experimentation again. However, the National Institutes of Health intends to transfer the chimpanzees from APF to San Antonio to once again be subjected to invasive research, with the $2 million to $3 million tab for transfer and research being picked up by taxpayers. Congress has the ability to step in and stop this move. Please write your congressional representatives today, and urge them to contact the National Institutes of Health and ask them to do the right thing to ensure that these chimpanzees are retired from research for good!

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ACT: You Can Help Save a Chimpanzee, a Lion, and a Wolf

Our dedicated staff in Washington, D.C., has been fervently working on two key pieces of legislation the Captive Primate Safety Act, which would stop the dangerous trade of primates as “pets”; and the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, which would establish a national fund to go toward conserving 15 species of cats and dogs in the wild. Both bills have passed in the House of Representatives and now await a full Senate vote. These two pieces of legislation are vital in the protection and preservation of these at-risk species. We are so close to getting these bills passed. Please tell your senator to co-sponsor the Captive Primate Safety Act and Great Cats and Rare Canids Act right away.

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Invite: You Are Invited to an Evening for the Animals

You are invited to For the Love of Animals, a Born Free USA benefit concert featuring live entertainment by five-time Grammy nominee and international New Age star Suzanne Ciani. The pianist has composed a song especially for this event. Enjoy free gift bags (including Suzanne’s latest CD), raffle items, a silent auction and adult beverages. Join us in our efforts to end the suffering of animals and encourage compassionate conservation globally. Purchase your VIP tickets today, or take advantage of our student discount. You can also forward this newsletter to a friend who may be interested in attendance. Get more details or buy tickets now.

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Announce: Be a Part of the Conversation!

Want to know the newest way to interact with us on animal issues? Join our new Facebook page, Wildlife Live Chat with Born Free USA . Every month we will send out an announcement of the next interactive discussion with Born Free USA’s grassroots coordinator. Then simply log on to Facebook and click on the group at the meeting time — and join us in the latest animal advocacy discussion.

With our new Wildlife Live Chat you will learn how to get more involved in our campaigns, tips for bringing awareness of animal issues to your hometowns, and how to organize fundraising events in your area. Become a part of the conversation!

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