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Glee Star Lea Michele Champions Chimpanzees

Lea MicheleGlee star Lea Michele is urging the federal government to save 14 chimpanzees recently moved to a Texas laboratory for use in painful experiments.

Michele recently wrote to Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, urging Dr. Collins to return the 14 chimpanzees to the Alamogordo Primate Facility, where they will not be used in invasive experiments. None of these chimpanzees had been used in research since 2001, until being transferred to San Antonio.

“Cammy, one of the 14 chimpanzees moved to this Texas lab, was taken from her mom the day she was born. She was first traumatically sedated with powerful chemicals when she was 6 months old, according to medical records,” wrote Michele. “Since then, she’s been ‘chemically immobilized’ more than 100 times. Cammy and her 13 companions have been infected with hepatitis C and subjected to liver biopsies and many other traumatic procedures.”

Michele joins stars such as comedian Ricky Gervais, Bones’ Emily Deschanel, and True Blood’s Kristin Bauer who have written to Dr. Collins asking that the chimpanzees be returned to retirement.

A PCRM legal complaint, which says the 14 chimpanzees should be immediately returned to their former home, argues that the National Institutes of Health’s transfer of the chimpanzees was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of agency discretion, and in violation of the federal Administrative Procedure Act.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, recently introduced in Congress, would end unethical and wasteful experiments on the approximately 1,000 chimpanzees still in laboratories in the United States.

To learn more about the San Antonio 14, visit PCRM.org/Alamogordo.



 

PCRM Online, June 2011

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