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Woody Harrelson, Great Ape Defender

Written by Michelle Kretzer | February 15, 2012

As the U.S. Congress considers the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would permanently ban the use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments and retire all 600 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries, Rampart star Woody Harrelson has written a letter to one of his California senators, Barbara Boxer, on behalf of PETA imploring her in her key role as the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to support the bill:

[N]early 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. This hellish experience leaves lifelong emotional scars on chimpanzees, and many of them resort to self-mutilation or suffer from depression and other psychological disorders for years after experiencing the trauma of having their minds and bodies violated.


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  • Alison says:

    A collectove effort of caring individuals contacting our politicians and demanding this these heinous and unnecessary tests and extended periods of extreme isolation must end immediately.This is such a reflection for the lack of consciousness in our culture. Please stop torturing all animals.

  • VeganDave says:

    Thank you Woody. You are one of my favorite vegans! =)

  • Shammi says:

    Science was my favorite subject. These animal tests make me hate science & research. Surprised how this cruelty could be made legal & still continues.

  • Mitesh says:

    This is indeed shame for the entire human race .How can we believe in Almighty ,visit temples ,churches etc while still continue to cast this terror on these beautiful creations of the same GOD .It is shame to be human ..All advancements done at the cost of others is only a shame ..

  • Heather Purple says:

    I really love all you do for this planet and our benefit Woody thank you from the bottom of my heart! You are a great inspiration for others! I hope more actors do the same! Represent for our mother earth!

  • Eugene MacDonald says:

    Im very saddened to hear about this. I support

  • paula Boynton says:

    This just has to stop now!

  • Carla* says:

    Thank -you Woody!! This is just ridiculous already!! Retire them..signed!!