Target: Connie Braun, Owner of Missouri Primate Foundation
Goal: Send chimps living in inhumane conditions to a reputable sanctuary immediately.
The Missouri Primate Foundation (MPF), a former breeding facility, is currently home to 17 chimpanzees that are forced to spend their days confined to small, dirty cages. These animals have been exploited their entire lives. Several of them were stolen from their mothers and used by the entertainment industry to perform as actors until they were no longer wanted. Others were brought up as pets and cruelly dumped when they became unmanageable.
According to PETA, MPF has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture “for failing to clean enclosures and allowing waste to build up and create a harmful ammonia stench.” The facility has also been cited for “failing to provide adequate environmental enrichment for chimpanzees’ psychological and physical well-being.”
Chimps are like humans in that they require a dynamic social life and plenty of living space. When forced to live in unnatural, cramped conditions, they become lonely, bored, depressed and, in extreme cases, even psychotic. Denying these intelligent, sensitive creatures an adequate living environment is remarkably cruel.
There are a few chimps that have been released from MPF and are now enjoying life in dedicated sanctuaries. It is high time that MPF’s owner, Connie Braun, extends that courtesy to the 17 chimps remaining at her facility. Please sign the petition below urging her to do so immediately.
Dear Ms. Braun,
The 17 chimpanzees currently held at your facility must be released and sent to a reputable sanctuary as soon as possible. Confining them to small cages denies them everything that is essential to their emotional and physical health.
Chimps are incredibly intelligent and sensitive animals. In order to live happy and fulfilling lives, they require the same basic amenities that we do, including adequate living space and regular psychological and physical stimulation. Your establishment is clearly not able to provide these necessities, given the citations you have received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It is bad enough that many of these animals were torn from their mothers and exploited for human entertainment. Please do not perpetuate their suffering. I respectfully urge you to release all 17 of the chimps living at the Missouri Primate Foundation and send them to an accredited sanctuary where they can finally experience the fulfillment and happiness that they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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