Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-6-MD) has introduced bipartisan legislation to ban invasive experimentation on chimpanzees in the United States. Representative Bartlett says that it’s time for Americans to “decide if the benefits to humans of research using chimpanzees outweigh the ethical, financial and scientific costs.” He goes on to say that the evidence is mounting that they do not.
The reason I’m posting this on a blog about bigfoots is that chimpanzees are routinely experimented on because they are humans’ closest relative. I think that we in the bigfoot community know of another, even closer relative. After bigfoots are recognized by the scientific establishment, what sort of inhumane treatment will they be subjected to? I feel that if we move now to protect the already recognized great apes, then after “discovery” sasquatches will receive the same (and hopefully greater) protections under the law.
Now is the time to move to start advocating for the protection for sasquatches (see my previous blog post, Conservation Before Discovery). I am not suggesting that you picket the White House Lawn with signs proclaiming we stop experimenting on sasquatches. We cannot afford to be seen as aluminum-foil-hat-wearing-nut-jobs. However, we can quietly support the protection of all ape species, as well as strongly advocate for aboriginal (human) people’s rights. It is likely that sasquatches will fall smack in between these two groups, thus calling into play a unique mixture of laws that are already on the books.
Please read Representative Bartlett’s editorial from the New York Times below.
Stop Using Chimps as Guinea Pigs
By ROSCOE G. BARTLETT
Published: August 10, 2011