Protect All Chimpanzees
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Protect All Chimpanzees

    1. Kristin Bauer
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      Kristin Bauer

I've been working with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to speak out against chimpanzee experiments in the United States. Now we have an opportunity to protect all chimpanzees in captivity in the U.S.
 
Chimpanzees have been recognized as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990, but only wild chimpanzees are protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Captive chimpanzees in the U.S. used in  painful experiments, entertainment and kept as pets don't get any of the protections given to chimpanzees in the wild.
 
Studies have shown that when people see chimpanzees used in commercials and interacting with people in the media, it leads them to believe that chimpanzees not only make good pets, but that they aren't even endangered.
 
The exploitation of captive chimpanzees undermines international efforts to save the species, which could be extinct in as few as 10 years. Thanks to the appeal of a coalition of animal protection groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reevaluating the status of captive chimpanzees. Please ask the agency to protect all chimpanzees by listing captive chimpanzees as endangered before wild populations become extinct.   

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS: Please join me and PCRM in signing and sharing this petition, as well as submitting comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: http://chn.ge/qmXFPX

Protect All Chimpanzees! This is an unusual opportunity to make your voice heard and help chimpanzees! Contact U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Today.

Here are some talking points you can use to personalize your message:

* Please protect all chimpanzees by listing captive chimpanzees as endangered.

* Studies have found that the prevalence of chimpanzees in the media harms conservation efforts.

* The exploitation of chimpanzees in painful experiments, entertainment, and as pets is cruel and unethical.

* If captive chimpanzees in the United States are not listed as “endangered,” it will contribute to the further decline of wild populations.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Message from PCRM on campaign to protect chimpanzees:

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for joining Kristin Bauer and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in signing the petition asking the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect all chimpanzees. To get updates on this campaign and to learn more about how you can help PCRM end chimpanzee experiments visit www.pcrm.org/GAPA.

    2. Mother Nature Network posts campaign to protect chimpanzees:

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "True Blood" star Kristin Bauer is behind an online campaign on Change.org to protect captive chimpanzees, asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to accord them the same protection that wild chimps receive. "I've always been fascinated by the incredible intelligence and rich, complex social lives of chimpanzees," said Bauer. "It would be shameful to see them go extinct in the wild as we continue to exploit them here in the U.S. in invasive experiments, entertainment and as pets." Concerned fans who'd like to support this cause can sign this online petition.

    3. Kristin Bauer Launches Petition to Protect Captive Chimps

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From Contact Music: "Bauer is asking fans to get involved in the mission too ... to back the project and add their name to the petition in hopes of inspiring swift legal action." Sign and share to help Kristin reach 5,000 by Monday!

    4. True Blood Star Kristin Bauer Gets Passionate About Animal Rights

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Check out Kristin's interview on the Huffington Post: "I feel like what a celebrity can do it is pull the curtain back and "reveal the wizard," so I contacted them, and I have to say I am a little drunk with power because I have seen so much change with PCRM. NASA was going to nuke a bunch of spring monkeys and we got that to stop. More than 300 old and ill primates were going to be put back into basic research and we have stopped that. Now we need to close this loophole that allows chimpanzees to be used in research."

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. TV Vampire Rallies Thousands to Protect Captive Chimpanzees

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Actress Kristin Bauer, who plays  the vampire Pam on HBO's True Blood, has launched a campaign on Change.org with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect captive chimpanzees.

      Bauer’s...

    7. Teddy Hilton shares Kristin's campaign

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Perez Hilton, "the internet's most notorious gossip columnist," helped get the petition to protect chimpanzees out on his animal blog.

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. Celeb Do Gooders: True Blood's Kristin Bauer Stands Up for Chimps

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Celebrity VIP Lounge helps spread the word to get protections for captive chimpanzees.

    10. Ecorazzi posts Kristin's campaign to protect captive chimps

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "True Blood star and animal advocate Kristin Bauer has launched a new campaign to protect chimpanzees in captivity and you can help!"

    11. True Blood News fansite posts campaign

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all the fans supporting Kristin. Keep signing and sharing - the comment period is only open until the 31st.

    12. True Blood Fan Source supports campaign

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Kristin Bauer van Straten first endeared herself to fans of True Blood for her portrayal of dry-humored vampire Pamela Sywnford de Beaufort. Three years later however, she is just as beloved for what she fights for offscreen. A tireless advocate for animal rights, Kristin has recently started a petition on Change.org to protect captive chimpanzees in the United States."

    13. True-Blood.Net fansite joins the call to support Kristin's campaign

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      More True Blood fans are joining the campaign! Keep spreading the word - the deadline to convince USFWS to protect all chimpanzees is the end of this month.

    14. True Blood fansite, The Vault, asks fans to sign the petition

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Vault writes: "As many of you know, Kristin is a very active advocate for animal welfare..." They're calling on readers to join the campaign to protect captive chimpanzees.

    15. Reached 1,000 signatures
    16. Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) Tweets to Protect Chimps

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Another TV vampire tweeted this petition today. Thanks @iansomerhalder!

    17. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Shaela Strata MONTGOMERY, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I Don't see a "sign" button, so I'm signing this way. Protect all creatures from human exploitation.

      Thank you Kristin for being an ally to innocent animals. Thank you also for your characters wry humor.

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    • Victoria Molinari POULSBO, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." -Gandhi

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    • Jessica bruno SANTA CLARA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Would you run experiments on humans?

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    • Lori Shoaf WESTBANK, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing because it is important to speak out against inhumane treatment of innocent creatures.

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    • Eileen Hennessy MELROSE, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support endangered species status for ALL chimpanzees, including those in captivity, so that they too may benefit from the same rightful and equal protections as their wild cousins. U.S. must stop the exploitation of these amazing animals.

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