This isn’t concerning any of my writings, but this is something I am passionate about. Please read on.
It’s been several months, maybe even a year now that I’ve been watching and keeping up with 7 retired lab chimps known as the Cle Elum Seven. Some of them have been locked in 5 foot by 7 foot cages in a medical lab for over 30 years.
In 2008, they were released to a sanctuary in Cle Elum, Washington. Since then, they have been given many varieties of food, enrichment, and most of all, a true home.
Most have finally been able to come out of their shells, and for once, just be chimpanzees. Reading each of their stories, and hearing about their specific personalities is so worth it. They are so similar to us in so many ways. It’s extremely sad that we ever thought of using them as test subjects in the first place.
Visit these seven special individuals here http://www.chimpsanctuarynw.org/
Now, for the reason I decided to post.
There are still hundreds of chimps in labs across the U.S. that are either still undergoing invasive testing, or are simply warehoused and aren’t being used.
There is a bill: The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act that you can support by going here
By clicking the Take Action button under the video, there is a form to send a letter to your representative asking for support for the bill that would end the use of chimps in medical research labs.
I don’t really see myself as an animal activist, but this issue just gets to me. The newest Planet of the Apes film had a big impact on me, and I suppose this is only a part of that. My mother has always loved chimps and gorillas since early childhood, so it must fit me, too.
It’s not just the fact that I share 98% of my DNA with them that gets to me. It’s when I look into their faces, their eyes, and see something so familiar there that it’s almost surreal. It’s some kind of deep recognition there, and I can’t deny it.
None of our relatives, the great apes, deserve the treatment that we’ve handed them over the decades. They’ve done their fair (or unfair) share of time in our service. It’s time we do right by them, and give them what life they have left in sanctuary and peace.
I know I don’t have many readers, but please, spread this around. Get the word out, and support doing the right thing.