03 August 2012

Glee star Charlotte Ross visits chimpanzees at Washington-based sanctuary

Charlotte Ross, actress and animal advocate, recently visited the Washington-based Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, a shelter for chimpanzees who were rescued from animal testing.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, Ross spent time getting to know some of the residents at the sanctuary -- particularly a young chimp named Burrito.

The Hollywood actress and avid animal welfare advocate spent the day touring the sanctuary, learning about the chimpanzees and bonding with CSNW’s youngest resident, Burrito. After being kept in a human home and leased to an entertainment act, Burrito was transported back to a laboratory where he spent several years being used for hepatitis vaccine research. Known for his insatiable appetite for food and play, Burrito instantly bonded with Ross and spent the day playing chase with her.

“I had the incredible opportunity to visit Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest where I was able to learn more about these magnificent creatures and the wonderful environment that sanctuaries are able to provide for them,” said Ross.

This isn't the first time the Glee and NYPD Blue star has shown her passion for chimpanzees.

Ross is known for her work with HSUS's Chimps Deserve Better Campaign and vocally supports the passage of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, legislation that would end cruel testing and research on chimpanzees.

“I am more determined than ever to help pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act to allow the last few hundred chimps in U.S. laboratories to live out the rest of their days in a deserved paradise like this one,” said Ross.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act has cleared the Senate Environment and Public Works committee and now moves on for review by the full Senate.

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

Photo credit: Stephen Brashear