Written by PETA
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
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