Taxpayer dollars being used to relocate the chimps, construct new housing in San Antonio and provide for their daily care in the laboratory should instead be used to fund their lifetime care in a sanctuary.
Having used apes to entertain and promote its products, it seems fitting that Pepsi should direct some of its charitable spending toward caring for these creatures. But it's not up to Pepsi, it's up to you!
Today, the New York Times covers two of the pitched debates in our society about animals -- the controversy over the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and the industrial confinement of laying hens in cages for egg production.
What if we descend, not from a blustering chimp-like ancestor, but from a gentle, bonobo-like ape? What if we share characteristics with both of these relatives instead of the one favored by our political ideology?