Glee‘s Lea Michele has become one of our favorites on the site, because not only is she vegan, but a staunch supporter and advocate for animal rights. Recently she teamed up with PETA to protest horse drawn carriages, and now she’s speaking out against lab testing on chimpanzees.
The 24-year-old penned a letter to the director of the National Institutes of Health, and stated, “As an animal protection advocate, I implore you to help 14 chimpanzees who were recently moved to a notorious Texas laboratory, where they are being used in harmful experiments.”
In the letter, Lea explains that the chimps had previously been used in testings, and had been retired since 2001, when the federal government decided to put them back into lab cages. She also cites how much we have learned about these animals over the past few years, and their capacity to love and mourn the loss of each other.
“Cammy, one of the 14 chimpanzees moved to this Texas lab, was taken from her mom the day she was born,” Lea writes. “She was first traumatically sedated with powerful chemicals when she was six months old… Cammy and her 13 companions have been infected with hepatitis C and subjected to liver biopsies and many other traumatic procedures.”
The letter ends with Lea expressing her camaraderie with these animals and asking that they be returned to the Alamogordo Primate Facility, where they won’t be used in an testings.
We think it’s amazing that Lea has taken up this worthy cause! And if you’re feeling inspired yourself, go ahead and send a letter— we’ve got the full name and address Lea sent hers to below!
Mail your letters to:
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892