18 April 2011

Ricky Gervais to NIH: Save chimpanzees from painful experiments

Comedian, actor and animal lover Ricky Gervais recently penned a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) asking for scheduled experiments on 14 chimpanzees at a facility in Texas to be halted.

In the correspondence, Gervais appeals to NIH director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., to relocate the chimpanzees back to Alamogordo, NM, where the animals supposedly were retired after experiencing years of harsh testing.

The Office creator writes:

I'm writing to ask you to take emergency action on behalf of 14 chimpanzees recently moved by the U.S. federal government to a controversial Texas laboratory for use in invasive experiments. 
These amazingly intelligent animals had been used in testing for many years, but that had ended and they were peacefully retired in New Mexico. Then the government abruptly decided to put them back into laboratory cages at Texas Biomed. These individuals have already endured tremendous suffering, and I urge you to allow them to spend the rest of their lives in peace.

Testing on Chimpanzees has been banned or limited in the UK, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Balearic Islands, Japan, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Hopefully soon we can add the U.S. to this list.

To view the letter in its entirety visit PCRM.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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