December 6, 1999

Honorable Dennis J. Kucinich
U.S. House Of Representatives
1730 Longworth
Washington, D.C. 20515

Re: H.R. 3514 - CHIMP Act
Proposed by Congressman Jim Greenwood (R-PA)

Dear Representative Kucinich:

In previous correspondence, you have encouraged me to write to you on matters that concern me. Today, I am doing just that to encourage you to support H.R. 3514, Congressman Greenwood's proposed Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection Act.

It can become all too easy in our consumption-oriented--use it until its used up then throw it away--society to view even life with this throw-away mentality or attitude. This seems especially true with the use of animals for research. chimpanzees which have long served us country in the area of scientific and medical research are being tossed aside now that their usefulness to the "cause" of science and medicine has dried up with age.

It is my understanding that there are approximately 1,500 (or more) chimpanzees housed in research facilities in the United States who are no longer used for research and therefore no longer receive funding for adequate care. These are animals which have either been captured or bred specifically for research. I will be honest, I don't like humans using animals especially fellow primates for research, however, if we are going to use them, we must take responsibility for those lives.

As I understand it, the Act would establish a public-private partnership that would allow for a system of sanctuaries for humane retirement of these government-owned (so-called) "surplus" chimps. After subjecting these chimps to years of experiments and tiny cages in involuntary service to our country, isn't this the least we can do for the next-of-kin creatures?

Mr. Kucinich, from what I have observed, you have a good heart towards animals often support and/or co-sponsoring bills which protect them. Therefore, I encourage you to support Congressman Greenwood's CHIMP Act (H.R. 3514) and consider signing on as a co-sponsor with the 21 congressmen already co-sponsoring the bill. I thank you again for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

 Leigh-Anne Dennison

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December 6, 1999

Senator Mike Dewine
U.S. Senate
140 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510

Re: H.R. 3514 - CHIMP Act
Proposed by Congressman Jim Greenwood (R-PA)

Dear Senator Dewine:

As you may or may not be aware, on November 22nd Congressman Greenwood introduced to the House of Representatives H.R. 3514, the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection Act. The purpose of this act is to provide a system of support and sanctuary or a human "retirement" option for chimpanzees that have been designated as being no longer needed in research conducted or supported by the Public Health Service, and for other purposes.

Senator, when it comes to the animals used for research purposes, it seems all too easy in our consumption-oriented--use it until its used up then throw it away--society to view even life with this throw-away mentality or attitude. These chimpanzees, which have long served us country in the area of scientific and medical research, are being tossed aside now that their usefulness to the "cause" of science and medicine has dried up with age.

It is my understanding that there are approximately 1,500 (or more) chimpanzees housed in research facilities in the United States who are no longer used for research and therefore no longer receive funding for adequate care. These are animals which have either been captured or bred specifically for research. I will be honest, I don't like humans using animals especially fellow primates for research, however, if we are going to use them, we must take responsibility for those lives.

As I understand it, the Congressman's proposed Act would establish a public-private partnership that would allow for a system of sanctuaries for humane retirement of these government-owned (so-called) "surplus" chimps. After subjecting these chimps to years of experiments and tiny cages in involuntary service to our country, isn't this the least we can do for the next-of-kin creatures?

I would like to encourage you to support Congressman Greenwood's CHIMP Act by introducing, sponsoring or co-sponsoring a similar bill in the Senate. Please at least consider supporting a similar bill if/when it is introduced in the Senate. Senator Dewine, I thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Leigh-Anne Dennison

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December 6, 1999

Senator George Voinovich
U.S. Senate
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510

Re: H.R. 3514 - CHIMP Act
Proposed by Congressman Jim Greenwood (R-PA)

Dear Senator Voinovich:

As you may or may not be aware, on November 22nd Congressman Greenwood introduced to the House of Representatives H.R. 3514, the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection Act. The purpose of this act is to provide a system of support and sanctuary or a human "retirement" option for chimpanzees that have been designated as being no longer needed in research conducted or supported by the Public Health Service, and for other purposes.

Senator, when it comes to the animals used for research purposes, it seems all too easy in our consumption-oriented--use it until its used up then throw it away--society to view even life with this throw-away mentality or attitude. These chimpanzees, which have long served us country in the area of scientific and medical research, are being tossed aside now that their usefulness to the "cause" of science and medicine has dried up with age.

It is my understanding that there are approximately 1,500 (or more) chimpanzees housed in research facilities in the United States who are no longer used for research and therefore no longer receive funding for adequate care. These are animals which have either been captured or bred specifically for research. I will be honest, I don't like humans using animals especially fellow primates for research, however, if we are going to use them, we must take responsibility for those lives.

As I understand it, the Congressman's proposed Act would establish a public-private partnership that would allow for a system of sanctuaries for humane retirement of these government-owned (so-called) "surplus" chimps. After subjecting these chimps to years of experiments and tiny cages in involuntary service to our country, isn't this the least we can do for the next-of-kin creatures?

I would like to encourage you to support Congressman Greenwood's CHIMP Act by introducing, sponsoring or co-sponsoring a similar bill in the Senate. Please at least consider supporting a similar bill if/when it is introduced in the Senate. Senator Voinovich, I thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Leigh-Anne Dennison

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