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The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA)

The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) was founded in 2010 by the directors of seven of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries on the continent. The mission of NAPSA is to advance the welfare of captive primates through exceptional sanctuary care, collaboration and outreach.

The Abuse of Non-human Primates in Federally Regulated Laboratories

Tributes to Stella Brewer Marsden

There are also lots of lovely photos of Stella,
the first person to establish a chimpanzee
sanctuary in Africa. She was based in The Gambia.
Stella was a true trailblazer and her project lives on.

Action Alert: Help Us Save Karla

Sad Karla, alone and beaten…
ADI Field Officers working undercover in an animal circus witnessed some of the most sickening scenes they have ever encountered when a female chimpanzee, called Karla, was punched in the face and beaten with a chain by her trainer.
The footage is part of a major undercover investigation by ADI of animal circuses in Colombia. An ADI Field Officer working at Circo Africa de Fieras also filmed a llama and pony being abused at the same circus. Click on link for more info:



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APNM Chimp Tag Program

This holiday season, APNM is offering its members a special opportunity to purchase chimpanzee freedom tags for just $15 each (with free shipping). Tags are available for each of the nearly 600 chimpanzees held captive by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Holloman Air Force Base and Alamogordo-based Coulston Foundation (TCF).

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ACTION ALERTS! Take action now to help the chimpanzees.


In the wild, fruit comprises about two-thirds of a chimpanzee's diet. The situation is very different behind bars.


Your tax dollars make it possible for researchers to continue to use chimpanzees as furry test tubes for human diseases.


Almost anyone can buy an infant chimpanzee, with virtually no questions asked - besides "show me the money." Serious national legislation is needed to end this lucrative slave trade.

Links to more things you can do:

Chimpanzee Collaboratory


Animal Defenders International's new campaign, My Mate's a Primate, examines the relationship between out species and our relatives in the animal kingdom and calls for a change in attitude and behaviour towards them. Primates aren't just out mates, they're part of the family.

My Mate's a Primate
Source: Animal Defenders International

Please Voice your concerns and support regarding opposition to Chimps in TV commercials

Please Take Action, Voice your concern and Voice your support:

The Chimpanzee Collaboratory
227 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Suite 100)
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-1761

IDA Investigation Leads to Criminal Charges Against NIH Chimp Lab

For the first time in U.S. history, criminal charges for animal cruelty have been filed against an animal research laboratory for its operator's alleged institutional neglect and abandonment of chimpanzees.

The unprecedented complaint, filed by Otero County, New Mexico District Attorney Scot Key on September 7, alleges that negligence surrounding the deaths of the chimpanzees Rex and Ashley, and the near-death of Topsy, at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) constitutes criminal animal cruelty. The APF, located on Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, is owned by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is legally responsible for the day-to-day management of the lab.

The District Attorney’s investigation was prompted by IDA, which provided evidence from its network of whistleblowers. Named in the criminal complaint were NIH contractor Charles River Laboratories, Inc. and APF director and veterinarian Dr. Rick Lee.

If convicted, the defendants could face a maximum of almost three years in jail.

"These historic charges are a searing indictment of the NIH, which bears the ultimate responsibility for the conscious criminal negligence apparently committed against these defenseless chimpanzees," said IDA president Elliot M. Katz, DVM.

The NIH handpicked Charles River to operate the APF after IDA exposed negligence committed by the previous APF manager, The Coulston Foundation. We must redouble our efforts to end the injustice of biomedical experiments on chimpanzees.

IDA will not rest until experimentation on chimpanzees is permanently ended and the NIH is held accountable for its gross malfeasance and duplicity in its management of chimpanzee and other animal research programs.

See WHAT YOU CAN DO to help.

Contact your elected representatives in Washington to express your outrage at the expenditure of our tax dollars on this alleged chimpanzee cruelty. Demand that the NIH immediately terminate all federal funding of Charles River Laboratories and immediately turn over custody of all chimpanzees on Holloman Air Force Base to a reputable, non-governmental sanctuary for permanent retirement.

U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510
See for specific contact information for your Senators

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
See for specific contact information on your Congressperson

Contact New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid to thank her for helping to lead the effort to amend the state's animal cruelty statute to hold research institutions accountable for the treatment of animals in their laboratories. Tell Ms. Madrid you are aware that without her efforts, these historic charges against Charles River Laboratories for alleged cruelty to chimpanzees would not have been possible.

The Honorable Patricia Madrid
Attorney General - New Mexico
407 Galisteo Street
Bataan Memorial Building, Room 260
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone:(505) 827-6000
Fax: (505) 827-5826

Copyright 2004 In Defense of Animals

We dedicate this site and this campaign to the memory of Rex, Ashley and the countless others who have died while imprisoned in chimpanzee research labs, or been forced to live barren existences as "furry test tubes."

The Chimpanzee Collaboratory

Click here to take voice your concern and support on various issues.

Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group (LPAG) - Memorials

A dedicated to the nonhuman primate friends LPAG members and other caregivers have lost in labs. Their names and lives should be recognized and they should be remembered for their unwilling servitude. We invite current and former lab personnel to submit a memorial in recognition of a nonhuman primate who lost their life because of biomedical research.


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