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02:37 PM on 01/09/2012
Interesting article. However, I completely disagree with your assertion that you are a "strong animal welfare advocate" when you state first that you "advocate animal research". Animal research is torturous and unnecessary; decidedly so in light of all the developments allowing for testing with actual human cells and software modelling.

Regardless of how scientifically 'like' a human a chimp, rat, mouse, etc. is, not a single one of those animals IS a human mammal. For those who are all about the uber-importance of humans, construing variables between test species and humans has and can lead to lethal results regarding pharmaceutical treatments. For those who think all life is sacred and of equal importance: I say it's about time the US stopped this barbarous practice. We have no right to test on other species - subjecting them to horrific stress and pain - for presumed advances for humanity.

If true scientific advances for health and disease cures//prevention are such a holy grail, those doing the research should be the willing subjects of the testing. Or use convicted murderers, rapists, members of the Roman Catholic clergy, and Wall Street bankers: leave the animals alone. Testing on animals is not only dirty science, it's barbarically unethical.
01:58 PM on 01/09/2012
Chimp research is inhumane and sick. Any animal who can be spared by other forms of testing should be. Beagles are routinely used in drug testing. I have 3 dogs and and they clearly are sentient beings as well.
I'm a human being? What about you?
01:32 PM on 01/09/2012
I'm against all animal research. I think it's a form of dictatorship and very much like Nazi's in WWII. Most of the problems humans have, we've brought on ourselves thru toxic living, toxic food etc. It objectifies a weaker living being, giving the wrong signals to some people who have no awareness of ethics.
Sarcastic only when lips are moving
01:23 PM on 01/09/2012
And thus begins the religion of Francoism. Chimps will now commence worshipping James Franco and begin a great cultural civilization. It's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
I'm an idealist without illusions. - JFK
01:16 PM on 01/09/2012
We wouldn't want to put these fine critters under any duress. After all, they make great pets, so why not put them up for adoption when all the monkeying around is over?
01:15 PM on 01/09/2012
If our DNA and a chimp's DNA are 99% the same, why can't we use their DNA to figure out why they don't get AIDS and then adjust our DNA to do the same thing? I don't mind craving bananas and wearing funny clothes if I know I can't get AIDS.

If they outlaw doing research on chimps, they'll have to cancel "The Apprentice".
The world is run by cats; we just feed them.
02:59 PM on 01/09/2012
Fanned for "The Apprentice" comment.
04:13 PM on 01/09/2012
"why can't we use their DNA to figure out why they don't get AIDS and then adjust our DNA to do the same thing?"---They probably have, but they can't make money from all the drugs if they cure everyone.
Alexis Elizabeth Drob
There's no intelligent life down here
07:02 AM on 01/10/2012
Oh and by the way, diseases are only one more way to control the population explosion, probably why many cures will never really be allowed to surface.
01:10 PM on 01/09/2012
Thank you for a terrific article. It's about that the US joined the rest of the civilized world and valued the lives of these wonderful creatures and our closest relatives.
giv a hoot don't shoot
01:09 PM on 01/09/2012
No matter what or how we do research there are and will be controversy. There is no doubt we advanced our civilization with the knowledge we gleaned from our cousins and their genetic proximity to our own. No as an advanced society it can be within our power to lessen the cruelty with witch these animals are treated.
karen lyons kalmenson
i poem/paint, sometimes, i ain't
01:04 PM on 01/09/2012
the face of vivisection

What do you see
What do you see when you look at me
The face of your genetic history
Do you see the intelligence, the soul,
The feelings
Of a primate that has suffered
From man’s cruel misdealings
Or do you see a thing
That belongs in a lab
Alive or dead
Lying on a cold slab
Your vision is determined
By your inner brain’s eye
My future depends
Please I do not want
To cry!/photo.php?fbid=219386234759093&set=a.177406225623761.39268.104800036217714&type=1&theater
01:00 PM on 01/09/2012
Replace "Chimpanzee" with "Human Baby in the womb"...

In the words of Carl Sagan, "How smart does a chimpanzee have to be before killing him constitutes murder? If chimpanzees have consciousness, do they not have what until now has been described as "human" rights?" What do you think? You can weigh in on Twitter, Facebook, or right here on the Huffington Post. Come on, talk nerdy to me!
I'm a human being? What about you?
01:38 PM on 01/09/2012
If anyone listens to how humans have formed actual friendships with Bonobos (calling each other by name, having play dates, "just talking") recently they might change their mind about "experimentation".
Keeping the Deal Real
01:43 PM on 01/09/2012
A zygote is no more conscious than an amoeba.
Nobody cuts and runs on Sheriff J. W. Peppah!
01:54 PM on 01/09/2012
But of course, a zygote transforms within the womb. I'm thinking this person's comment was referring to human development well beyond blastocyst or zygote. The word "baby" gave it away.
12:59 PM on 01/09/2012
Vivisection is the most evil practice in science research, even if it had benefited mankind with knowledge, which is highly doubtful, it is still evil. Ends never justify means
12:59 PM on 01/09/2012
Why not open a school for chimps and get a society of chimps who speak sign language. Then reintegrate them in the wild and we can communicate with our natural cousins. Maybe then we'll begin to see how important a clean environment is . . .
Welcome to the henhouse
12:46 PM on 01/09/2012
We humans are the worst animals ever to walk on the face of the earth...We are our worst enemy...our impending doom won't come from the skies but from within...
The world is run by cats; we just feed them.
03:18 PM on 01/09/2012
This may be my first "fan" for such a discouraging statement, but I think you are exactly right. No other species ever has had the capacity to destroy so many other species. It is probable that no other species has already done so much to destroy other creatures.
12:43 PM on 01/09/2012
Beautiful. 3 Advertisements and the video doesn't even play.
Zaida Adams
12:42 PM on 01/09/2012
Dear Ms Santa Maria, thank you for the information. It is good to know. It always surprises me when I read the quote "animals DO feel pain". I have read this twice in two days as though it's supposed to be new news. It would be highly ignorant to not know this from the day of birth, that both Fauna AND Flora feel pain, distress, just as we do.