Today’s show began with a short chat with Lauren Glickman of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project about their upcoming fundraiser, the SpayGhetti and No-Balls Dinner on April 7. It is an all-vegan fundraiser for the group, who provide low- and no-cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats across the Puget Sound area. Read more and register for the event here!
Later in the show, we spoke to Kathleen Conlee about how in recent months chimpanzee research in federal laboratories has come under scrutiny. Now, thanks to the advocacy of many organizations, over 100 chimpanzees used in medical experiments are being retired. Kathleen shared the challenges of helping all chimpanzees in federal and corporate laboratories and the new challenge of caring for the newly retired chimps. Kathleen is Vice President for Animal Research Issues for The HSUS and oversees the wide array of activities that the HSUS carries out on behalf of animals in laboratories, with the long-term goal of replacing the use of animals in harmful research.
Specific efforts of the Animal Research Issues department include ending the use of chimpanzees in invasive experimentation and retiring chimpanzees to sanctuary through the Chimps Deserve Better Campaign; ending the use of animals for chemical and product testing, including through our Be Cruelty Free cosmetics campaign; eliminating pain and suffering in animal research; and pressing for development and application of alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing, and education/training
Before joining The HSUS, Conlee worked for seven years at a primate breeding facility as the manager of breeding and behavior, managing a colony of 3,000 individuals, including four macaque species, owl monkeys, and lemurs. In this position she used environmental enrichment and other methods to reduce captive stressors, cared for psychologically disturbed individuals, and managed the nursery facilities. She also did contract work with the National Institutes of Health. More about Kathleen here.