Subject: Petition to save 143 chimpanzees

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This petition is being passed around the Internet. Please add your name to it so that 143 chimpanzees can be placed in retirement sanctuaries.

NOTE: It is preferable that you SELECT the entirety of this letter and then COPY it into a new outgoing message rather than simply forwarding it. This is being forwarded to several people at once to add their names to the petition. It won't matter if many people receive the same list as the names are being managed. This petition is for people who would like to see the Air Force place 143 chimpanzees in retirement sanctuaries. If you DO NOT WISH TO FORWARD IT, please don't kill it. - Rather send it to the email address listed here:

The Air Force owns 143 chimpanzees who are members or descendants of the original colony of chimpanzees used in space exploration. The chimpanzees are currently leased to The Coulston Foundation, a biomedical research facility where many questionable chimpanzee deaths have occurred. The Coulston Foundation is currently under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The Air Force is planning to relinquish ownership of the chimpanzees and is now considering bids from interested parties. Among the bidders are several groups who want to place the chimpanzees in retirement sanctuaries where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace. One such group is the Institute for Captive Chimpanzee Care which has Dr.Jane Goodall on its Board of Directors. The Coulston Foundation has also bid on the chimpanzees, despite their negligent management record. We, the undersigned, ask the Air Force to give all 143 chimpanzees to groups who will place them in retirement, resocialise them, and provide them with enriched environments. Please add your name to this list and forward it to friends if you believe in what it stands for. This list will be forwarded to: the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, Senate and House leaders, and the Pentagon. It will be appreciated if every 50th person on the list could forward it to me as well. So, if you happen to be the 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th,250th, etc. signer of this petition, please forward a copy to me: This way we can keep track of the lists and organize them. Forward this to everyone you know, and help us to save the Air Force chimpanzees!

Thank you!


1. Valerie J. Chalcraft Ellensburg, WA
2. Carol Rosenthal - Los Angeles, CA
3. Arlene Brahm Milton, Ma
4. Michael A. Huffman, Inuyama JAPAN
5. Robin Dunbar, University of Liverpool,England
6. Richard Byrne, University of St Andrews,Scotland
7. Barbara Fruth, Max-Planck-Institut Seewiesen,Germany
8. Ronald Noe, Max-Planck-Institut Seewiesen,Germany
9. Joanna Fietz, DPZ Goettingen, Germany
10. Stefanie Heiduck, DPZ Goettingen,Germany
11. Julia Ostner, Deutsches Primatenzentrum Goettingen, Germany
12. Tobias Deschner, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
13. Cathy Crockford, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
14. Mike Tomasello, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
15. Josep Call, University of Liverpool,England
16. Malinda Carpenter, University of Liverpool,England
17. Suzanne Lapham Carpenter, Gainesville Florida
18. Caren Gorenberg, Gainesville, Florida
19. Laura Garber-Streit, Atlanta, Georgia
20. Kelli McCowan Richardson, Atlanta, Georgia
21. Sonia Cleobury, Atlanta, Georgia
22. Tanya Pereira, South Africa
23. Gia Penning. South Africa
24. Tania Du Plessis. South Africa
25. Tanya Minnie, South Africa
26. Lizelle Louw, South Africa
27. Margaret Teixeira South Africa
28. Ester Coetzee South Africa
29. Christine Munro South Africa
30. Hannelie van Zyl, South Africa
31. Macky McDonald, South Africa
32. Chris Tollner, South Africa
33. Vincent Bona, South Africa
34. Ingrid Lindsay-Smith, South Africa
35. Cathi Thalrose, South Africa
36. Pamela Reeves,South Africa
37. Gina Read, South Africa
38. Hilton Walker, South Africa
39. Djuma Game Reserve
40. Samantha Hunter, South Africa
41. Cameron Boustead, South Africa
42. Louise Ciolli-Haller, Cape Town, South Africa
43. Laeni Spiers, Cape Town, South Africa
44. Rene van Rensburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
45. Andre Nell, JHB, South Africa
46. Karen Nell, Jhb, South Africa
47. Lauren Williamson, Jhb, South Africa
48. Louise Lloyd, Jhb, South Africa
49. Judy Pienaar, Johannesburg, South Africa
50. Alison Perryman, Johannesburg, South Africa
51. Lorna Wheaton, Johannesburg, South Africa
52. Elizabeth Booysen, Johannesburg, South Africa
53. Alan Lodewyk, Cape Town , South Africa
54. Morne van Dalen, Cape Town, South Africa
55. Tanya van Dalen, Cape Town, South Africa
56. Marina van Dalen, Cape Town, South Africa
57. Roberta Bezzoli, London, UK
58. Kristina du Plessis, Cape Town, South Africa
59. Tracey De Wet, Cape Town, South Africa
60. Richard Dagge, Cape Town, South Africa
61. Guy van Overstraeten, Brussels, E.U.
62. Camillo Docimo, Naples, Italy - E.U.
63. Shada P. Conley, Naples, Italy - E.U.
64. Maresa Bertolo, Milan, EU
65. Alex Arrigoni, Siena, I, EU
66. Sigrid De Leo, EVU Secretary, Widnau, Switzerland
67. Marcel Hebbelinck, EVU President, Brussels, E.U.
68. Arne Wingqvist, (friend of all non-human beings), Stockholm, E.U.
69. Sofia Paz, Barcelona Vegetarian Society, Catalonia, E.U
70. Enric LLacay, Barcelona Vegetarian Society, Catalonia, E.U
71. Ruth van der Leij, Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, The Netherlands
72. Maaike Raaijmakers, Dutch Society for the Protecton of Animals, The Netherlands
73. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
74. Anita Idel, (Critical Vets), Barsbek, Germany
75. Arne Andersen, Bremen, Germany
76.Verena Winiwarter, Vienna, Austria
77.Harald Wilfing, VIenna, Austria
78. Antonio Piedade, Lisboa, Portugal
79. Humberto Rosa, Lisboa, Portugal
80. Jorge Marques da Silva, Lisboa, Portugal
81. Antonio Paulo Pereira de Mira, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal
82. Mario Alexandre Lopes Rodrigues da Silva, Lisboa, Portugal
83. Ines Salema de Sousa e Meneses, Lisboa, Portugal
84. Paulo Gama Mota, Coimbra, Portugal
85. Gesine Brandtmann, Bielefeld, Germany
86. Andrea Knebel, University Bielefeld, Germany
87. Jennifer Davis, Berlin, Germany
88. Amy Parish, University College London, England
89. Eckart Voland, University of Giessen, Germany
90. Doris Podzuweit, Essen, Germany
91. Paul Winkler, University of Goettingen, Germany
92. Régine Vercauteren Drubbel, Belgium
93. Marie Claude Huynen, Liege, Belgium
94. Filippo Aureli, Emory University, USA
95. Bruno Cassola, Rome, Italy
96. Fabio Cassola, Rome, Italy
97. Vincenzo Minissi, Oikos, Rome, Italy

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