After being booted from Dancing with the Stars, Pamela Anderson turned her attention toward Washington D.C. where she hopes she can encourage lawmakers to support the Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326.
In a letter penned to Congressmen Henry Waxman, D-Calif. and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Anderson, who suffers from hepatitis C, urges the representatives to find a cure through human-based research rather than invasive chimpanzee experiments.
The buxom blonde writes, “As one of more than 3 million Americans living with hepatitis C, I am writing to ask that you take steps to end ineffective and cruel research using chimpanzees and direct federal funds to modern, human-based research methods that will be more effective at finding a vaccine and treatment for hepatitis C and other deadly diseases.
“The Great Ape Protection Act (GAP A), H.R. 1326, is an important piece of legislation that would phase out the use of chimpanzees in medical research. Decades of failed research have shown that chimpanzees are bad models for human disease. As a result, more than half of the chimpanzees in laboratories are not even used in active experiments-they are warehoused in cages at the cost of millions in taxpayers’ dollars each year.”
Anderson explains that while she has a personal interest in a vaccine for hepatitis C, she does not believe the harmful experiments are moving researchers toward a cure and would like the federally owned chimps to be released to sanctuaries.
To date, H.R. 1326 has more than 140 congressional co-sponsors.