Woody Harrelson was the driving force behind an initiative to get the army to stop using chimps in their experiments.
Now he has set his sights on California Senator Barbara Boxer, the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
He wrote her a letter on PETA's behalf, asking her to join the over 160 senators and representatives who support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.
These acts would stop the use of chimps and other great apes in testing in the U.S. and save tax payers millions.
An excerpt from the letter reads:
"I was shocked to learn that the use of chimpanzees in experiments still persists in the U.S. even though the entire European Union and every other country around the world, except for tiny Gabon, have banned such experiments.
But nearly 1,000 of these complex beings are locked inside barren cells in U.S. laboratories—some for as long as 50 years—where they have been intentionally infected with diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis and forced to endure decades of invasive procedures, fear, loneliness, and pain. …I hope you will agree that chimpanzees deserve better."
You can read the whole letter HERE.
We really hope that Woody's influence really helps to push these acts through.
It's really ridiculous that we're one of only two countries still testing on animals.
Stop the testing.
Save the apes!
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