“My campaign, All in for Chimps, supports the national leader in ailing chimpanzee care, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest’s ability to care for their current chimpanzees and potential expansion to house more chimps. Why does this cause matter? It is common thought amongst qualified scholars that modern chimpanzees and humans evolutionarily diverged from a common ape ancestor some time nine to six million years ago. To put this in perspective, these same scholars believe the Earth is around four and a half billion years old, with complex life having existed for around two billion years. In other words, the ancestors of man and chimpanzee have been the same species, on the same team, for all but .003 percent of our evolutionary lives. On the timescale of the Earth, let alone the cosmos, the divergence and separation of our two species is unequivocally insignificant. Respecting chimpanzees is to respect man’s recent past as a species, to acknowledge the subtle genetic mutations and ecological niches that separate humankind from them, and to understand the scientific miracle that allows complex, intelligent, social life to exist in its rare forms. To deny chimpanzees respect is a disrespect to human’s recent ancestors that, through trial and chance produced the most impactful species in Earth’s history. In fact, man’s moral obligation to chimpanzees stems from its moral obligation to man. I support Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and chimpanzees everywhere. Chimpanzees are highly intelligent, emotional, and social animals that deserve decency beyond that of a lab rat or non-conscious creature. Humanity’s misuse and abuse of these animals for medical purposes is disturbing and unfair. Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is the nonprofit leader in providing housing and care for these physically and psychologically damaged chimps that are so minutely different from you or I. My campaign, All in for Chimps, needs your support to ensure the care for these chimpanzees is as effective as possible. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Follow @allinforchimps on Instagram for more information.