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Actress Charlotte Ross Opposes Experiments on Alamogordo Chimpanzees

Charlotte Ross, who played a detective on NYPD Blue and has appeared on Glee and Law & Order, is urging the National Institutes of Health to halt what she considers a crime against chimpanzees. Read Ross' letter to NIH director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.:

Dec. 16, 2010

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

Dear Dr. Collins,

Please stop the National Institutes of Health’s planned transfer of nearly 200 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility to a Texas laboratory, where they will once again be subjected to painful and invasive medical experiments.

As the mother of a young son, I support modern medical research—not inhumane chimpanzees experiments that will not improve or protect human health.

The Alamogordo chimpanzees have not had to undergo testing in nearly a decade. Many of them now suffer from serious chronic conditions related to old age and their history as test subjects. It is tragic that the federal government plans to send these chimpanzees—who have already had to sacrifice so much of their lives—to the Southwest National Primate Research Center, which has a long, well-documented history of animal negligence.

Scientists around the world have moved away from research using chimpanzees because it does not help us learn more about human health. Superior alternatives are available, and researchers continue to develop new, cutting-edge models for human disease research.

Dr. Collins, I urge you not to return the Alamogordo chimpanzees to laboratory cages. These amazing animals deserve to spend their remaining years in peaceful retirement.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Charlotte Ross

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