Applaud Animal Welfare Organization for Primate Sanctuary Fundraiser

Target: Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States

Goal: Commend unique fundraiser that supports primates living in sanctuaries.

The Humane Society of the United States has teamed up with six exceptional member sanctuaries from the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance to host a chimpanzee art contest. The contest features artwork from resident chimpanzees of the primate sanctuaries and will be judged by world renowned primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall. The fun, friendly art competition aims to raise funds so that primate sanctuaries can continue to provide optimal care for retired chimpanzees who have endured much suffering during their exploitative use in entertainment, by biomedical researchers, and in the pet trade.

Another important goal of the contest is to engage the public with an interest in chimpanzee conservation by drawing attention to the fascinating capabilities of our closest living relatives. Creating art is an enrichment activity enjoyed by many sanctuary chimpanzees. The chimpanzees use non-toxic paints, canvases and brushes to create their unique masterpieces.

The contest fundraiser showcases artwork made by the animals and encourages the public to vote for their favorite pieces online. Its website also features photos and biographies about the chimpanzees who created the paintings. The winning sanctuaries will receive grant prizes from the Humane Society of the United States to help with animal care. When the contest is over, the artwork will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.

Please sign this petition to congratulate the Humane Society of the United States for holding this unique fundraiser that supports sanctuaries providing the highest standard of care for these creative animals.


Dear Mr. Pacelle,

I would like to congratulate your organization for holding a unique fundraiser to support the highest standard of care for chimpanzees living in primate sanctuaries. The chimpanzee artwork contest is sure to engage a broad audience in their conservation by exhibiting the remarkable creative behaviors of our closest living relatives. Showcasing the chimpanzees’ artwork, along with telling their stories of pain and suffering as victims of the pet trade, animal entertainers, and biomedical research patients, allows the public to appreciate their cognitive and emotional complexity and resilience.

Thank you for your dedication to raising funds and providing grants in order to provide sanctuary chimpanzees with quality medical care, enrichment, appropriate and enjoyable diets, and to avoid cutting corners in animal care. While these animals will never be able to live in the wild where they belong, the compassionate hard work of sanctuary staff and the generous support of donors will allow them to live out the rest of their lives comfortably. I support your efforts to improve the quality of life for chimpanzees.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Fernando Turmo via The Jane Goodall Institute

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