In an earlier essay I wrote about a recent meeting to celebrate 25 years of supposed improvements in animal welfare in the United States. I argued that animals are not really much "better off" since the last iteration of the Federal Animal Welfare act and also that many people were, and still are, concerned about the fate of about 200 chimpanzees currently residing in a sanctuary in Alamogordo, New Mexico (see also) because there has been a move to take them from their safe home and place them in back in laboratories. Recently, the National Institutes of Health announced cancelation of the transfer plans while it studies the situation over the next couple of years. Unfortunately and regrettably, 14 chimpanzee beings have already been taken from their home in Alamogordo and placed back in laboratories. 

These chimpanzees and many other nonhuman animals depend on our goodwill, compassion, and empathy. Let's just leave them alone and respect them as sentient beings who deeply care about what happens to them in a human-dominated world. We can only hope that those individuals who are responsible for deciding whether or not the chimpanzees will be moved from their safe home back to research laboratories where the chimpanzees will once again suffer, will come to their senses, realize the pain and suffering for which they are responsible, and decide to leave the chimpanzees alone to live out their lives in dignity and peace. This really isn't asking too much. 

Each of us can help return these chimpanzees and prevent the move of the others whose lives are in peril, Please take the time to sign this petition and this one and begin the new year by helping those in need, those sentient individuals who cannot speak for themselves but who suffer when we don't speak out on their behalf. It's really simple to do. Cruelty can't stand the spotlight and ending animal abuse is merely a click away. Your vote counts and it's really a good practice to tell those who abuse animals to stop doing it.

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