Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: We have an exciting development to report! Invasive
experiments on chimpanzees and other great apes are closer to being history in
the United States now that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
has voted to advance the
Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act to the full Senate.
We want to thank everyone who responded to PETA's call to
urge senators on the committee to pass the bill. Now let's make sure that this
lifesaving measure becomes law—please contact your U.S. legislators and encourage them to support the great-ape bill when it comes up for a vote!
Originally published April 23, 2012:
In advance of the April 24 U.S. Senate hearing on the historic Great
Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPCSA), PETA sent members of Congress
a print of a painting along with a photo of and a letter about the artist—a
chimpanzee named Jamie, who was rescued from a laboratory.
Photo: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest
From Experiments to
Jamie, now 34 years old, spent more than 20 years alone in a
cage in the windowless basement of a Pennsylvania laboratory, where she was used in
hepatitis experiments. In 2008, she—along with six other chimpanzees from the same
laboratory—was rescued with PETA's help by Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. Jamie now spends her days relaxing, playing outdoors with her friends, and
expressing herself through art, including pen drawings and finger paintings.
You can watch her creativity in action here.
GAPCSA would ban invasive experiments on chimpanzees, retire
more than 600 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries, and save taxpayers
millions of dollars a year. PETA hopes Jamie's artwork and photo will help
legislators put a face to this lifesaving bill at a critical moment.
How You Can Help
Great Apes Like Jamie
Please contact your U.S. representative and senators and
urge them to cosponsor and support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings
Written by Michelle Kretzer
you saw CareerBuilder's
latest Super Bowl ad, you probably thought it was as lame as we did, which
is why we came up with an ad of our own in response. Unfortunately, we received
a "thanks, but no thanks" from Clear Channel Outdoor in CareerBuilder's hometown of Chicago, after
we asked to place this billboard near a CareerBuilder vice president's
we may not have gotten the billboard placed, at least we're not feeling like
Tom Brady and the Pats today.
your help, not even the Giants defense could
stop us from telling CareerBuilder to can the cruel chimpanzee ads.
PETA has named CareerBuilder the 2012 "Ass-Backwards"
Corporation of the Year. The job-search company earned this (dis)honor for
proving that it's obliviously behind
the times, having decided to run yet another Super Bowl ad that features exploited
infant chimpanzees—even though it knows how great apes suffer at the hands of
the "entertainment" industry.
Face: © iStockphoto.com/Dogan Eskiyoruk • Body: ©
iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselée • Trophy: © iStockphoto.com/DNY59
Nine of the top 10 ad agencies in the U.S. have already
committed never to use great apes in their ads, as have many major
corporations, including CareerBuilder's main competitor, Monster.
Yet CareerBuilder proves that it's creatively and ethically bankrupt by
continuing to rely on the same cruel and played-out tactic year after year.
Chimpanzees used in the entertainment industry are torn away
from their mothers, beaten and brutally trained behind the scenes to make them
compliant on the set, and discarded—usually at unaccredited roadside zoos (or
otherwise warehoused in appalling conditions)—when they become too strong to be
CareerBuilder executives know all this—because PETA and its
supporters have told them so
repeatedly—and they also know that computer-generated imagery
would allow them to create the same ads without causing animals to suffer. Yet
they continue to run these irresponsible ads again and again.
Because of CareerBuilder's willingness to ignore animals'
suffering and the well-founded concerns of a large percentage of its potential
audience, PETA has bestowed upon the company the distinction of being 2012's "Ass-Backwards"
Corporation of the Year!
After learning that CareerBuilder is once again using baby chimpanzees in a Super Bowl
Anjelica Huston has teamed up with PETA to urge the company's CEO, Matt
Ferguson, to stop using chimpanzees in its commercials—unless they are created
using cutting-edge computer animation, like the conscientious folks behind Pfizer's
and the movie Rise of the Planet of the
have done, saving animals from being taken away from their families, cruelly
trained, and then abandoned when they can no longer be controlled.
Anjelica—soon to be seen in NBC's Smash—has been a strong supporter of PETA's campaigns to end the
use of chimpanzees and other great apes who are forced to work as "performers"
in films and on television. In her letter, the Oscar-winning actor, well, smashes CareerBuilder's excuses,
pointing out that monitoring on-set action doesn't prevent the cruelty that
happens before and after the ad is shot, as described in the video Anjelica narrated for
PETA on the subject.
As Anjelica's letter to Ferguson states, "It is
astonishing that you are unmoved by the videos, photographs, and case reports
of what befalls these animals from the moment they are taken from their mothers
to the moment they die." Let's hope he finally gets the message and that
this will be the last year that the big game will be interrupted by images of real
baby chimpanzees performing stupid tricks in a sad attempt to appeal to
Written by PETA
Last week, champagne corks were popping at PETA HQ following the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) announcement that it is suspending funding for new experiments on chimpanzees because most of these studies are as scientifically unjustifiable as they are morally bankrupt.
Now we want to make certain that the rest of the vile vivisection industry gets the message too. So we purchased stock in the notorious private contract laboratory BIOQUAL for the express purpose of introducing a shareholder resolution calling on the company to stop tormenting chimpanzees in experiments.
For all you animal rights historians, BIOQUAL used to be called SEMA and was the site of a famous 1987 nighttime raid that blew the lid off the abysmal conditions for chimpanzees in laboratories. Video footage taken inside the facility revealed that baby chimpanzees were locked individually in tiny steel boxes in rooms so dark that employees had to bring flashlights to check on them. Following the release of the footage, Jane Goodall visited the laboratory and was so horrified that she called for its closure, describing it as "one of the very worst."
Apparently, not much has changed at BIOQUAL in the last quarter century. In one recent experiment at the facility, six young chimpanzees were separated from their mothers, locked in individual cages, and exposed to norovirus, which causes diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. The chimpanzees—who were as young as 2 years old—were then subjected to months of painful biopsies in which pieces of their organs were removed. The recent Institute of Medicine report determined that norovirus is one of the many diseases for which chimpanzees are not needed in order to find a cure.
While we hit BIOQUAL's boardroom to try to talk some sense into the hard-hearted execs there, you can help chimpanzees by clicking here to ask your members of Congress to cosponsor and support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would prohibit all invasive experiments on chimpanzees and other great apes.
Written by Jeremy Beckham
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Murray's manslaughter conviction, there will probably always be unanswered
questions about Michael Jackson's life and death. Questions about what happened
to the exotic animals
Jackson kept as "pets" may never be answered either, since the
whereabouts of some of the animals aren't known.
Bubbles, whom Jackson took everywhere with him at one time, was one of the
first animals to leave the Neverland Ranch, when he ceased to be a cute and
cuddly youngster and became a strong, aggressive adolescent.
Bubbles was lucky enough to wind up at a reputable sanctuary, as were two tigers who once
lived at Neverland.
But despite Jackson's
directive that the animals go to the best homes possible, many of the animals
ended up at pseudo-sanctuaries,
where they received woefully inadequate care because of either ignorance or willful
neglect. Two giraffes
from Jackson's zoo, for
example, died just weeks apart at Tom and Freddie Hancock's Banjoko Wildlife Preserve,
possibly as a result of exposure to cold temperatures and/or improper feeding. Two
more giraffes and several parrots from Neverland remain
with the Hancocks.
The alligators and a python named Madonna,
purchased by Jackson, now live at a roadside zoo
in Oklahoma. Thirteen flamingos were sent to a zoo in New Jersey. Two
orangutans went to live with a private owner
If the King of Pop couldn't afford to
keep exotic animals as
imagine the neglect faced by animals held by people with far fewer resources. The
exotic-animal owner in
who released two dozen animals before killing himself last month did so after facing
mounting financial difficulties. Please click here to urge Ohio officials to permanently ban exotic-animal ownership, and never visit a
roadside zoo or pseudo-sanctuary, where discarded former "pets"
As part of a
four-part series on chimpanzees in laboratories published this week, Wired.com
tells the story of a chimpanzee named Katrina who was taken from her mother as
an infant to be infected with HIV and hepatitis B and C, even though chimpanzees'
bodies don't react to these diseases in the same way as humans' do. Katrina was
anesthetized almost 300 times by the age of 15 and was never given any
painkillers after numerous invasive liver biopsies. This caged, lonely life,
punctuated by fear and pain, so traumatized Katrina that she developed symptoms
of severe post-traumatic stress disorder and has lost a third of her body weight.
the fact that Katrina was supposedly retired in 2002, she is one of 14
chimpanzees who were sent to the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research eight
years later for use in more invasive and painful
infectious disease experiments. (Pressure from PETA and other groups successfully halted
the transfer of 200 other chimpanzees.) Katrina's plight graphically
illustrates how high the stakes are in the fight to ban experiments on great
The Wired series
and another story that ran this week in The New York Times
come just weeks before the Institute
scheduled December release of its report on the issue.
Last month, the
editors at Scientific American
came out in favor of banning experiments on chimpanzees. To continue to build
momentum for the ban, please also post positive comments in response to the Wired
articles. Click here to ask
your members of Congress
to support the Great Ape
Protection and Cost Savings Act,
which would ban invasive experiments on all great apes and retire all federally
owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories to sanctuaries.
In response to the tragic bloodshed that occurred in Zanesville, Ohio, on Tuesday, the governor of Ohio has issued an executive order that directs state agencies to increase inspections of facilities that harbor exotic animals and sets up a hotline for the public to report unsafe exotic-animal situations. While PETA is glad that the governor is finally taking action on this issue, it is too little, too late, for the dozens of animals who were shot dead in Zanesville.
The executive order does nothing to address the fundamental problem—the fact that the state of Ohio allows private citizens to keep wild animals, which poses a danger to both animals and people. Just last year, a privately held bear mauled and killed a young man in Cleveland. That's why PETA is calling on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to exercise its authority to implement emergency regulations to prohibit the keeping of exotic and wild animals immediately.
The governor's executive order indicates that a legal framework for regulating dangerous wild animals will be proposed by November 30, but there is no need for delay: A ban on the private ownership of wild animals should be put in place right away.
Exotic and wild animals kept as pets always pay the price, whether they are shot and killed, as happened in Zanesville, or confined to backyards, basements, or garages, forced to lead lonely, desolate lives that are devoid of anything that they would experience naturally in the wild.
PETA, along with other animal protection organizations, sanctuaries, zoological facilities, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), condemns the private ownership of exotic and wild animals as pets—both for the animals' protection and the public's safety.
Please click here to visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website and politely urge the agency to exercise its authority to implement emergency regulations to prohibit the keeping of exotic and wild animals. Let's help ensure that a tragedy like the one in Zanesville has little chance of happening again.
After three decades in captivity, a
group of 38 chimpanzees who had been abused in painful hepatitis and HIV
experiments in an Austrian laboratory were finally released to a sanctuary, where they can spend the rest of their lives in peaceful retirement. A
television camera operator captured the awe-inspiring moment
when the chimpanzees cautiously stepped out of their enclosures and into
daylight for the first time in 30 years, embracing one another to celebrate
their newfound freedom.
These chimpanzees have not been used
in experiments for more than 10 years, but their future was in limbo when the
Austrian safari park where they were living went bankrupt. It was believed that
the group would be split up and sent to zoos around Europe. But animal
advocates around the world, including PETA and our members and supporters,
wrote to the drug company that sent the chimpanzees to the park and implored it
to ensure that the chimpanzees would be sent to a sanctuary and not be
separated from one another. Thanks to those of you who spoke out, the
chimpanzees are now living together happily at an animal sanctuary where they
can feel the grass under their feet and the wind on their faces for the first
time in decades!
While it's wonderful that these chimpanzees now have a
safe haven, chimpanzees in the U.S. continue to be locked up and abused in laboratories, as PETA spelled out in a column in today's issue of the influential D.C.
newspaper The Hill. You can help give their story a
happy ending, too, by asking
your congressional representatives to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost
Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810), which will
permanently end invasive experiments on all great apes in the U.S. and retire
hundreds of chimpanzees to sanctuaries. Can't
wait to see those videos!
by Jeff Mackey
Chimpanzees used in laboratory
experiments have been a hot topic this summer, from the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes
to the National Academy
of Sciences' Institute
of Medicine hearings on the use of
chimpanzees for experimentation.
a new novel by Neil Abramson, movingly explores the ways in which animals—including
a chimpanzee, Cindy, who communicates with sign language—impact the lives of
the humans who care for and about them.
The novel takes us on the journey of David
Colden, an attorney who is mourning his wife's death while defending sign-language
researcher Dr. Cassidy, who has raised Cindy from infancy and who will do
anything—including breaking the law—to prevent the young chimpanzee from being
sent to a laboratory.
I wanted to cheer when Colden told
the court: "There was a
crime committed here—but it wasn't by Dr. Cassidy. The crime is by those who
would torture a thinking, feeling, caring, intelligent creature and expect
others to sit idle amid the torrent of blood and screams."
In some ways, Dr. Cassidy's story
mirrors the real life work of Dr. Roger Fouts,
who has spent decades teaching sign language to chimpanzees. Because he doesn't
"own" all the apes he works with, some of them have been sold to
laboratories over the years, including Booee, whom Fouts, trailed by a 20/20 film crew, visited in a laboratory
years later with heartbreaking
The ensuing public outcry resulted in Booee being sent to a sanctuary.
is available from
by Michelle Sherrow
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