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The Great Ape Debate

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January 2, 2012

As what has been termed the Great Ape Debate continues around the world, the U.S. has made progress in diminishing the numbers of chimpanzees used for research and testing.

No doubt, humans have benefitted immensely from the testing of primates, as in the development and utilization of a universal childhood vaccination  for everyone under the age of 15  for hepatitis B, and also for hepatitis C.

The National Institute of Health is proposing to return over 200 animals to retirement and are reviewing the necessity of ongoing drug or vaccine testing using such animals.

The debate has been lively in Congress and has the support of many Americans who are advocating for more animal protection and care. The European Union has moved to shut down almost all research including great apes in 2010.

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