Kristin Bauer Helps Fight for Chimpanzees

January 13, 2011 by  

Kristin Bauer Keeping Primates Out of the Lab

Kristin Bauer as PamTrue Blood‘s Kristin Bauer (Pamela De Beaufort) is being credited as part of the reason a plan to transport  186 chimpanzees to a testing facility in Texas was put on hold.

The chimps currently reside in a non-research facility in New Mexico, the Alamogordo Primate Facility. Many organizations and big names have been trying to keep the primates out of the testing lab, including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, former Gov. Bill Richardson, actor Gene Hackman, and Kristin Bauer. According to the federal complaint filed, the Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance and Protection Act comes into play, which protects retired chimps. Also, scientists and doctors argue that chimpanzees have not proven effective in human disease research, including HIV, cancer, and malaria.

The legal complaint insists:

“… these animals are not necessary for this type of research. Superior alternatives are available and researchers continue to develop new, cutting-edge models for human disease research.”

While the ultimate future of the chimps is not clear, they will be able to stay in their current facility while the Institute of Medicine reviews the merit of the experimentation.

Kudos to Kristin for being an advocate for these chimps! They deserve to live out their lives in peace and could not have any one better helping to give them that chance.

Source: Pcrm.org – Chimpanzees Win Reprieve from Experimentation, Confirms National Institutes of Health

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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