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Chimpanzees Declared Citizens of Washington Town

Written by PETA | June 15, 2009

Here’s a lovely follow-up to a story we mentioned earlier this year: The Cle Elum Seven are now honorary citizens of Cle Elum, Washington.

The Cle Elum Seven are chimpanzees who were living out life in a laboratory, until we helped them gain their freedom and they were given a home at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington. As you might expect, the chimpanzees have thrived in the new setting, and their neighbors are clearly pleased. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the chimpanzees’ residency, the City Council unanimously issued a proclamation that made the chimpanzees honorary citizens. The proclamation also commends Cle Elum’s human residents for donating toys, food, blankets, and time to the sanctuary.


Cle Elum Seven


All together now: Awww!

It’s beginning to look like a very positive trend is emerging for great apes. Perhaps some day soon, the abuse of chimpanzees and other apes in laboratories and in Hollywood will be a horror of the past.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Rex's Mom says:

    I have to agree with NT. The chimps are still in a cage with no grass beneath their feet. Of course this is better than being in a steel barren cage and experimented on but this is still not enough. They should be allowed to get out of the cage and swing from real trees and have grass under their feet not wooden floor boards.

  • Christa - South Africa says:

    This is the most wonderful news!! Well done Washington! Thank you so much for this great step for Great creatures!

  • lynda downie says:

    That’s just such great news. Hooray for the Cle Elum Seven! Thanks Peta for waking people up to the injustices done to animals one day at a time.

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    This reminds me of the ending to Short Circuit 2 where Johnny 5 becomes the first robotic citizen of America. Granted robots and chimps have nothing in common but still good for chimps.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Chimps bonobos and other primates are our closest living animal relatives. The town in Washington that recognizes them as citizens merits approbation. Conversely the people in the Congo who eat them as bushmeat warrant condemnation.

  • NT says:

    I am sorry but why are they still in a small enclosure? I am sure we can do better than that.