Kristin Bauer Urges Sen. Barbara Boxer to Support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act
True Blood star Kristin Bauer recently starred in a PCRM video explaining how she is going to help pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act in 2012. She also wrote to Sen. Barbara Boxer and asked her to schedule a vote for the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. Watch the video and read her letter below.
February 23, 2012
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Sen. Boxer,
Please schedule a vote for the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. This bill would end cruel, wasteful experiments on chimpanzees and redirect funding to more effective methods of studying human diseases.
I love all animals, and I’ve always been fascinated by chimpanzees. They use tools, grieve for their dead, and are capable of complex communication with humans. When chimpanzees are used in invasive experiments, they are frequently kept in small metal cages, deprived of normal social interaction, and subjected to harmful procedures. Observational research shows that chimpanzees used in laboratories often suffer from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Chimpanzee experiments are clearly cruel. And when you consider that they do not advance scientific research, it becomes obvious why so many researchers, members of Congress, and citizens across the country are speaking out on behalf of these animals. More than 160 senators and representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors. Now the bill needs to come to a vote.
The Institute of Medicine recently released a report finding that chimpanzees are not needed for research on a long list of human diseases. That’s why so many chimpanzees in American laboratories are no longer used in active protocols. And it’s also one reason why so many other countries—from Japan to Belgium to New Zealand—have prohibited chimpanzee experimentation.
Please schedule a vote for this crucial bill as soon as possible. Thank you for your time.