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Should Congress Ban Medical Research on Apes? #ethics #science

Afrika Force's flickr page /via This post was inspired by watching an in-flight showing of the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes . The film depicts the power struggle between apes whose intelligence is boosted via human experimentation for medical research, and the humans who want to subdue them. Despite the distraction of special effects and of James Franco, the movie did make me seriously ponder the ethical discussions around the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, a bill currently being debated in Congress. Republican Representative Roscoe Bartlett sponsored the bill which would ban invasive research on all great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, gibbons, and orangutans). Bartlett says the bill would also save the government $30 million a year on chimps owned by the government, because it is expensive to maintain animals on which you are conducting studies...

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