APNM’s Effective Work for Chimpanzees Featured by The New York Times, Albuquerque Journal, KOAT, and more
The New York Times’ front page story “Unlikely Partners, Freeing Chimps From the Lab” credits Animal Protection of New Mexico’s work in helping to end the federal government’s use of chimpanzees in invasive research, highlighting the importance of sustained local action and collaboration:
“There’s a lot of problems in the world, this is a problem we can all solve,” said Laura Bonar, the program director of Animal Protection of New Mexico, where the most recent chapter in the campaign for chimp protection began. “The very least that the chimps deserve is for us to work together to see them have some peace and dignity.”
You can read the story in full, originally published July 9th, 2013. Dr. Jane Goodall describes why this “very, very important milestone” is important to the chimpanzees and increases all compassion for animals:
Nor will the animal welfare movement stop at chimpanzees, as all parties are aware.
“What the chimpanzee has done is to prove there is no hard and fast line dividing us from the rest of the animal kingdom,” Dr. Goodall said. “Once you admit that we’re not the only beings with personalities, minds, capable of thought and emotions, it raises ethical issues about the ways we use and abuse so many other sentient, sapient beings – animal beings – every day.”
Ending abuse and beginning to fix broken systems – those which profit from exploitation and cause trauma and suffering for innocent individuals – is important for all of us. Read more coverage of our work in The New York Times:
- 2018: “How to Decide Whether Ailing Chimps Get Moved to a Sanctuary”
- 2017: “Lab Chimps Are Moving to Sanctuaries – Slowly”
- 2010: “For Aging New Mexico Chimps, Retirement or Medical Research?”
The Albuquerque Journal has covered the plight of chimpanzees who survived invasive testing for years, and recognized APNM’s role in making change, including in this editorial:
Published in the Albuquerque Journal, July 1, 2013.
Posted with permission from the Albuquerque Publishing Company.
KOAT anchor/reporter Royale Dá has covered the history of New Mexico’s chimpanzees with compassion and respect, watch some of her stories now: