19 May 2011

Glee's Charlotte Ross joins HSUS in video urging support for 'Great Ape Protection'

Glee actress Charlotte Ross has joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in a video that urges support for the "Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act," legislation that will end the invasive testing and research on chimpanzees.

Ross states in the video:

The Humane Society of the United States has revealed what life is like for a chimpanzee behind laboratory doors, and it is heartbreaking. Innocent chimpanzee babies are torn from their mothers, destined for decades of suffering in laboratory confinement. As a mother, I can’t even imagine how traumatic that would be.

According to the HSUS, more than 1,000 chimpanzees are forced into a life of laboratory testing. The United States is the only developed nation that has not yet banned the use of chimpanzees for biomedical research.

"I have always been fascinated with chimpanzees and their amazing abilities. I can’t imagine how difficult laboratory life must be for such intelligent and social animals who are so much like us," Ross says, "I’m so glad I can help The Humane Society of the United States spread the word about what chimpanzees in labs are subjected to and how people can help. It’s time to end this wasteful and inhumane practice, once and for all."

To support the chimpanzees and view (or watch below) Charlotte Ross’s video for the Humane Society visit humanesociety.org/chimpanzeealert.

Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

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