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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-S0810 on Apr 13, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act
Source: S.810&HR1513
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act prohibits:
  1. conducting invasive research on great apes
  2. possessing, maintaining, or housing a great ape for the purpose of conducting invasive research
  3. using federal funds to conduct such research on a great ape or to support an entity conducting invasive research either within or outside of the US
  4. knowingly breeding a great ape for the purpose of conducting or facilitating such research
  5. transporting or selling a great ape in interstate or foreign commerce for conducting or facilitating such research.
  • Defines "great ape" as any chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, orangutan, or gibbon.
  • Defines "invasive research" as research that may cause death, injury, pain, distress, fear, or trauma to great apes, including drug testing or exposure to a substance or isolation, or social deprivation.
  • Requires the permanent retirement of all great apes that are owned by the federal government and that are being maintained in any facility for the purpose of breeding for, holding for, or conducting invasive research.
  • Sets forth civil penalties for violations of this Act.
  • Establishes in the Treasury the Great Ape Sanctuary System Fund to be administered for construction, renovation, and operation of the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill HR1513 .


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Prohibit invasive research on great apes (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill prohibiting invasive research on great apes (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Prohibit invasive research on great apes (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill prohibiting invasive research on great apes (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-S0810

Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s2pWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 11-S0810

Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 11-S0810

Joseph Lieberman s1sCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Bernie Sanders s1sVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 1
Independents: 2


















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