Who Wants to Stop Medical Research?

Why would anyone want to stop important medical research and how would they do it?

March 16 2010 HSUS Petitions the Fish and Wildlife Service United States Department of the Interior to list Chimpanzees from Threatened to Endangered Status.

Regulations.gov document number:FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086-12884 March 15, 2011:

HSUS Petitions the Department of Health and Human Services to release all Chimpanzees kept at the New Iberia Research facility because of breach of federal contract for “breeding”

Regulations.gov document number:FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086-12884

HSUS used the paper entitled “Trade and Orphans and Bushmeat Threatens one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Most Important populations of Eastern Chimpanzees” to support their “claim” that chimpanzee populations were falling in 2009.  A direct quote from the paper was “It should be noted however, that these are nest counts; an estimation of actual chimpanzee numbers in the region is beyond the scope of this paper.” The researchers even admitted to keeping 8 of the chimpanzee orphans after they had “convinced them [owners] that keeping chimpanzees was illegal and dangerous.” Irony at its best!  Pictures of “permits provided by government officials in Titule and Buta allowing merchants to keep and sell baby chimpanzees” were included with the submitted paper.  The entire paper was based on how many orphaned chimps and bushmeat the researchers happened upon in a covered 13,140km of road survey.  Between 2004-2009 in 10 cities and towns and associated villages, they recorded 35 chimpanzee orphans in cities, towns and villages, and nine more orphans along the roads.  They ‘documented 31 chimpanzee carcasses in cities town and villages, and four along the roads.  The most interesting section of this “paper” states “the primary reason for killing chimpanzees in northern DRC is for their MEAT.” (emphasis mine)  All of this taking place in AFRICA where there are “millions of starving children.”

Regulations.gov document number: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086-12884

Further supporting documentation from HSUS was a letter from Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. that does say they have voluntarily decided to “continue its practice of not using great apes (i.e. chimpanzees) in research. ”  However, located toward the bottom of the letter clearly stated “chimpanzees have played a key role in the understanding of many diseases that affect humans; specifically infectious diseases, such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.”

9-1-2011 US Fish and Wildlife post to the federal register to accept chimps as an endangered species.

Posted on the federal register for “supporting documents” was a link to this ID: Supporting & Related Material Posted: 11/01/2011 ID: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086-9676 The supporting documents were dated and signed from 2009 that included many statements of support by animal rights supporters which included Jane Goodall, an honorary member of Farm Sanctuary and “director, Humane Society of the United States.”

On April 24th, 2012, The HSUS Testified at the Hearing on S.810 “The Great Ape Protection and cost Savings Act”.  In the testimony, HSUS used the emotional “ethics and public opinion” polls to sway the U.S. senate committee in charge of evaluating the bill.  A poll that said “71% believe that chimpanzees in the laboratory for over 10 years should be sent to sanctuary for retirement”.  As in perfect form, HSUS fails to mention that the poll was conducted by the Humane Research Council, an organization that is run by people that are in one way or another associated with the HSUS and anti-animal research organizations.  HRC Board of Directors:

Anthony Bellotti

Kathryn Asher

Che Green

Sharie Lesniak

Advisors:

Jennifer Fearing

Caryn Ginsberg

Jack Norris

Ian Ross

Andrew Rowan

Kathy Savesky

Kenneth Shapiro

Andrew Rowan is the President of the Humane Society International, owned by HSUS.  Jennifer Fearing is the HSUS Chief Economist and California Senior State Director, responsible for all legislative and lobbying activities.

Anthony Bellotti is a co-founding Director of HRC [Humane Research council] and a Vice President at Campaign Solutions/ Connell Donatelli, where he specializes in online fundraising and advertising for public affairs campaigns, ballot initiatives, and non-profit organizations. Some of his animal protection clients include the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the American Anti-Vivisection Society, and the Fund for Animals (an HSUS affiliate). He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, with concentrations in corporate public affairs and campaign management.

The George Washington University Law School announces the creation of the Animal Law Litigation Project, a joint venture of the Law School and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that will give students practical experience representing animals in the nation’s courts.” May 3, 2005 and still continues on today located just 4 streets over from the Headquarters of HSUS in Washington DC.

What may be a strange note to some people is that the Federal Government, on 05-15-2012, through the National Institutes of Health grant system, gave the George Washington University another $245,266.00 to research “How Maternal Stress Influences Offspring Health & Development in Wild Chimpanzees” with a total award of $746,600.00. Studies by Carson Murray PHD, Assistant Professor at George Washington University, received a $900,000 grant from the NIH for “stressors of wild chimpanzees and materal behavior”. How do you research maternal stress?  The mother must be put under stress.

It seems that HSUS has no problem with placing the Chimpanzee on the Endangered Species List and in all actuality spearheaded the effort.  But HSUS has a problem with “breeding” Chimpanzees.  How do you keep a species off of the Endangered Species List when your hands are tied from breeding them?

HSUS’s reply to this would be like trying to untie a bowl of spaghetti.  Maybe this will clear the situation up.  HSUS and the Arcus Foundation(Jon Stryker) is a Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)of  Portland OR Supporter (in civilian terms that means money funder).  Why was the The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance established? CAPTIVE BREEDING.    PASA just received on May 14, 2012 $49,440.00 another federal award from the FEDERAL Government with your tax dollars from the “Multinational Species Conservation Fund” through the Department of Interior, Secretary Ken Salazar.  This fund was listed on HSUS legislative scorecard in 2012 which scored Congress members on how they voted.  Wonder why HSUS wants this fund to continue from the FEDERAL government and to move Chimpanzees to facilities where THEY control the money?

In the HSUS testimony to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife in support of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act,  “The majority of chimpanzees at the facility appeared to be warehoused or used for breeding – two activities that cost American taxpayers millions of dollars, even at a time of fiscal crisis…” on their website to convince the public that millions of dollars are being wasted by caring for the chimpanzees at the New Iberia Center.  What HSUS failed to mention was that the location the chimps would be moved to, Chimp Haven Inc in Keithville Louisiana, is federally funded to the tune of $2 Million in 2012 for the care of 133 chimps.  HSUS testimony to pass the “Great Apes Protection and Cost Savings Act” included information that HSUS gathered stating “Sanctuaries are able to provide chimpanzees..care at a fraction of the cost of laboratories.  The amount of money the government spends to simply maintain one chimpanzee in a laboratory is as much as $24,000 per year while sanctuaries of a comparable population provide care for approximately $15,500 per year.”  Chimp Haven spent almost $3 Million on the care of 119 chimps  in the 2009-2010 FISCAL YEAR which equals out to $24,623.00 PER CHIMP, NOT $15,500.00, to “warehouse” and research chimpanzees through  a “non-profit” organization with net assets of $14.7 Million.  Over the years, Chimp Haven , a “non-profit” organization has received over $28 Million dollars of tax payer money, tax free.  This does not even include the fact that “No medical research” as the benefit of having those chimps.

Chimp Haven IS “the government selected the organization in September 2002 to operate the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System. This initiative was a result of passage of the CHIMP Act that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and is overseen by the National Institutes of Health. The CHIMP Act: •Initiated the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System which retires chimpanzees from federally funded research programs •Resulted in partial government funding for Chimp Haven to build and operate the sanctuary”  Chimp Haven is almost completely, if not completely, FEDERALLY FUNDED.

Board of directors of Chimp Haven include: Martin L. Stephens, Ph.D:  For over 25 years,Dr.  Stephens has been an advocate for finding alternatives to animal testing in research. …. current role as senior research associate for the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), he directs the activities on evidence-based toxicology and serves as the CAAT liaison to the Human Toxicology Project and AltTox website. … he was the vice president of Animal Research Issues at The Humane Society of the United States for 26 years and wrote a paper called “Noncompliance with Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: An Exploratory Analysis” as recently as 2010 which is the exact same year HSUS moved to have Chimpanzees listed as “endangered”.

Save the Chimps is another ‘non-profit’ that was used in the testimony by HSUS at the Senate hearing in April 2012.  According to the Save the Chimps website, “Dr. Noon and Mr. [Jon] Stryker worked together to purchase 150 acres and design a state-of-the-art chimpanzee sanctuary in Fort Pierce, Florida. A three-acre island home….Air Force Chimps were first united as a family…. In 2002, Save the Chimps made the commitment to rescue 266 chimpanzees from the Coulston Foundation laboratory in New Mexico and to manage their care in New Mexico until such time as they could all be moved to the Florida location. With continued generous financial support from the Arcus Foundation and other donors, the former laboratory was renovated into a sanctuary, and eleven additional islands were constructed at the Florida location.  The first chimps moved from the New Mexico location to the island sanctuary in Florida in 2003.  On December 14, 2011 the Great Chimpanzee Migration came to an end when the final 10 chimpanzees arrived at their permanent home in Florida. “

Jon L Stryker, the Arcus Foundation-Stryker Corp who is among the top 5 prime federal award contractors with $118.9 Million dollars, is the main contributor to Save the Chimps with 3.69 million of the 4.6 million in “contributions” and is a director and co-founder of Save the Chimps .  Jon Stryker is also a major donor of HSUS, HSLF legislative (LOBBYING) efforts.

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