Actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum Asks Congress to Vote on the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act
Actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum, best known for her role in Step Up, recently wrote to Sen. Harry Reid and asked him to bring the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act to the Senate floor for a vote.
April 26, 2012
The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Sen. Reid:
Did you know the United States is literally the only industrialized nation that still funds large-scale invasive experiments on chimpanzees? Close to 1,000 chimpanzees are locked up in laboratories in the U.S. You can help change that by bringing the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act to the Senate floor for a vote.
This bill, S. 810, would release hundreds of chimpanzees to sanctuaries and phase out chimpanzee experiments, saving a third of a billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade.
Chimpanzees constantly amaze us. We’re captivated by their cultural traditions, social networks, and complex emotions. We also know they empathize and feel pain. From interviews with chimpanzees trained in sign language, primatologists have found that they long to be with their loved ones.
We continue to subject these amazing individuals to life in a lab cage—and these experiments aren’t even necessary. The Institute of Medicine recently released a major scientific report on our nation’s chimpanzee experimentation and confirmed that these experiments are not necessary for advancements in medical research.
Passing this bill will not only establish higher ethical standards for medical research in the United States—it will allow scientists to move on to advanced, modern research methods based on human anatomy and physiology. It’s a win-win situation for all.
Please step up to join me and more than 175 of your Congressional colleagues who have voiced support for the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. I hope you’ll bring this bill to the floor for a vote soon.
Thank you for your time and attention to this serious matter.