Beautiful and Important Film about Chimps this Sunday 11/5/06
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Beautiful and Important Film about Chimps this Sunday 11/5/06


This Sunday (November 5, 2006) at 8pm EST (check your local listings), the PBS series "Nature," opens with a beautiful, unmissable film: "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History."

Watch it with all of your friends and every member of your family.

Please be sure to thank PBS for airing this documentary and request an encore presentation. Nature takes comments at

If you go to and click "Watch Video" you can see an eight minute film described as follows:

"Nature: Behind the scenes with Allison Argo. In this exclusive online video clip, award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo takes us behind the scenes of the film Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History. This clip features the filmmaker discussing her motivation and some of the challenges she faced while filming. Argo is the writer, director, producer and narrator of the film."

The film about the film moved me to tears. I urge you to watch it.

This is what the website says about Sunday's program:

The history of chimps in our society is a history unlike any other. We have sent them into space, dressed them in costumes and demanded that they entertain us. Some have been adopted into human families until they "outgrew" their cuteness, many have been used to test our drugs or to help develop our vaccines, others have been infected with our most frightening diseases. While we are mesmerized by their likeness to our species and we have continually found uses for chimps, we never considered what they wanted or needed.

"But their side of the story is starting to emerge. And it can be heard at the sanctuaries where many retired chimps now reside. It can be read in their medical records, seen in their mutilated bodies, or sensed through their psychological afflictions. We've had a conflicted relationships with chimps in our society but there are some people who want to simplify it.

CHIMPANZEES: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY will introduce you to the rescuers at sanctuaries like Fauna Foundation, Save the Chimps, Center for Great Apes. And they are determined to see that the traumatized residents they have saved from a life of confinement and suffering can finally be allowed to feel like chimps."

The website is wonderful, with detailed information on the following topics:

-- What are the alternatives for medical research?
-- Interview with Gloria Grow, founder Fauna Sanctuary
-- Caring for Captive Chimps
-- Q and A with the filmmaker
-- Video
-- Links and books
-- For Educators

Then there is poll, to which I urge you to respond once you have seen the film:

"Should the purchase of chimps as pets or entertainment be legal?"

I don't think anybody could watch this movie and respond yes.

There is a discussion board that asks:

"How do you feel about chimp research? Do their similarities to humans make biomedical testing a necessary approach to curing disease or an unethical injustice."

Please get involved in the discussion.

For additional information, please visit:
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN)
Monkeys and other primates

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