True Blood’s Kristin Bauer is ape for animals and is partnering with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine launch campaign on Change.org asking U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend endangered species protections to captive chimpanzees.
Actress Kristin Bauer, who plays Pam on HBO’s True Blood, has launched a campaign on Change.org<http://www.change.org/petitions/us-fish-wildlife-service-protect-all-chimpanzees>with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine urging<http://www.change.org/petitions/us-fish-wildlife-service-protect-all-chimpanzees>the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect captive chimpanzees. The campaign asks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Reserve to extend the endangered species protections given to wild chimpanzees to captive chimps, including those used in experiments, in the entertainment industry and those kept as pets.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the incredible intelligence and rich, complex social lives of chimpanzees,” said Bauer. “It would be shameful to see them go extinct in the wild as we continue to exploit them here in the U.S. in invasive experiments, entertainment and as pets.”
Bauer cites studies demonstrating that when people see chimpanzees used in commercials and interacting with humans in the media, they are more likely to believe that chimpanzees not only make good pets, but that they are not endangered in the wild.
“The Endangered Species Act should protect all chimpanzees, including those being used in laboratory experiments,” said John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “No other developed countries allow invasive research on chimpanzees because of ethical and scientific problems with such experiments. The U.S. must do more to protect humankind’s closest genetic relatives.”
The actress is encouraging True Blood fans to sign her online petition campaign<http://www.change.org/petitions/us-fish-wildlife-service-protect-all-chimpanzees>on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change.
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