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July 30, 2012

Glee Actress Charlotte Ross Visits Retired Research Chimpanzees at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Partners with The Humane Society of the United States call for end to invasive chimpanzee research

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

  • Ross is a powerful advocate for chimpanzees.

Animal welfare advocate and star of FOX’s hit series “Glee,” Charlotte Ross recently made a visit to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwestin Washington state where she spent the day with Burrito and the other chimps who reside at CSNW. These chimpanzees, known better as the “Cle Elum Seven,” came to the sanctuary after spending decades in a Pennsylvania research facility where they endured years of painful experiments and cruel solitary confinement.

The “Glee” star is well-known for her love of primates through her work with The Humane Society of the United States’ “Chimps Deserve Better” campaign. A recipient of The HSUS Animal Advocate Award, Ross has been a vocal advocate for the passage of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810). This measure would phase out harmful research on chimpanzees and retire the nearly 500 government-owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuaries, while saving taxpayers approximately $25 million per year. Just last week, the bill was approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee and can now be considered by the full Senate.

“I had the incredible opportunity to visit Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest where I was able to learn more about these magnificent creatures and the wonderful environment that sanctuaries are able to provide for them,” said Ross. “I am more determined than ever to help pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act to allow the last few hundred chimps in U.S. laboratories to live out the rest of their days in a deserved paradise like this one.”

The Hollywood actress and avid animal welfare advocate spent the day touring the sanctuary, learning about the chimpanzees and bonding with CSNW’s youngest resident, Burrito. After being kept in a human home and leased to an entertainment act, Burrito was transported back to a laboratory where he spent several years being used for hepatitis vaccine research. Known for his insatiable appetite for food and play, Burrito instantly bonded with Ross and spent the day playing chase with her.

While Burrito is fortunate to now enjoy a life of retirement, approximately 950 chimpanzees are living in five laboratories in the United States—the only developed country in the world that continues large-scale confinement of chimpanzees in laboratories.

To learn more about chimpanzees used in research and how you can take action, visit www.humanesociety.org/end_chimpanzee_research.

To learn more about Burrito and his friends at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, visit www.chimpsnw.org.

Media Contacts:

HSUS: Niki Ianni: 240-753-4874, nianni@humanesociety.org
CSNW: Diana Goodrich: 509-470-4440, Diana@chimpsnw.org

Note: For high-resolution pictures of Charlotte Ross visiting the chimps at CSNW contact Niki Ianni.

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