Video featuring Chimp Haven is an award winner

By Josh Marcisz |

Published 05/15 2014 04:21PM

Updated 05/15 2014 06:25PM

A video produced by the Humane Society of the United States featuring Chimp Haven has won a 'Silver Telly' award. The award recognizes distinction in creative work. There were over 12,000 entries and winners were decided by a panel of judges and votes from the internet community.

The Humane Society is a financial supporter of the sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees in Keithville. The 3 minute video features retired chimps walking into open areas and seeing the sky above them without bars overhead for the first time. Chimp Haven President and CEO, Cathy Willis Spraetz, says it is an emotional moment that connected with viewers.

"I think that what it says is people really care and that they think that it's important that chimpanzees who have previously been used in biomedical research have a place to come to, to simply be chimpanzees."

Chimp Haven hopes the video will help them with fundraising efforts in the future. The sanctuary costs nearly $4 million to operate annually, $1 million which has to be raised by Chimp Haven. 196 chimps are currently living at the sanctuary with another 20 on the way next month.

Chad Sisneros, senior director of video for The Humane Society of the United States, says of the nearly 150 videos produced last year by the Humane Society this is the only one to receive the Silver Telly.

"They have such amazing stories to tell, every one of these chimps has lived a life in suffering and being able to bring out those stories through our storytelling and video is a real honor," he says.

You can view the entire video: 'HSUS Chimp Haven: A New Life, Retirement'

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