08 March 2011

'Bones' star Emily Deschanel asks NIH to return 14 chimpanzees to New Mexico home

Best known for her role as a forensic scientist in the tv drama Bones, actress Emily Deschanel is standing up for chimpanzees.

Fourteen aging chimpanzees have recently been put back into experimental research at a laboratory in Texas by the National Institutes of Health. Moved away from their New Mexico home, these chimpanzees face painful procedures, which they have already endured for decades.

The actress has expressed her concern and compassion for the chimpanzees in a letter to NIH director, Dr. Francis S. Collins.

Read the full story and letter at Look to the Stars.

Let's be grateful for talents like Emily Deschanel and their stand against animal cruelty!

Tanya Ayala | @tanya_lua
Tanya is a full-time student at Concordia University, pursuing a BA in Political Science & Professional Writing. She was initially inspired to become vegetarian because of the health benefits, but after watching Food, Inc. and Earthlings, and reading Eating Animals, she realized that her lifestyle had the potential of improving the environment and animal rights.  Follow Tanya on Twitter and on Tumblr.

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