I am very proud to now be a member of the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest and most effective animal welfare organization.

With more than 6 million members, HSUS has the necessary firepower to make the world a better place for animals.

The American taxpayer benefits as well from the work of HSUS.

You probably recently did your tax returns and wondered what on earth the government is doing with all your hard earned money.

HSUS has an idea that would save taxpayers approximately $300 million over the next decade -- end invasive research and testing on approximately 950 chimpanzees languishing in U.S. laboratories.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act is a bipartisan federal bill that will put chimps in laboratories into sanctuaries.

"The science shows that chimps are not needed for invasive experiments, the long-term costs of keeping chimps in labs amount to a substantial burden for American taxpayers, and our ethical standards demand more of us than to keep these animals in laboratory cages," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS.

Even the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council could not identify any area of current biomedical research that requires the use of chimpanzees. Sanctuaries can provide higher standards of care at a lower cost to taxpayers.

I totally agree. What can you do to help? Make sure that Jim Himes, our congressman knows that you support S. 810, a bipartisan federal bill that will end forever the way we treat chimps.

He can be reached at 202-225-5541 or through his legislative director Rachel.Kelly@mail.house.gov.

Cathy Kangas is a member of the Humane Society of the United States' National Council.

Kangas, owner of PRAI Beauty Inc., started Beauty with a Cause, and commits a percentage of her company's profits to help animal welfare organizations around the world.

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