(ANIMAL TESTING/LAB CHIMPANZEES) An emotional video produced by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), entitled “Chimps: A New Life, Retirement,” was recently named the Telly Award’s “People’s Silver Winner” for creative distinction.

The Telly Awards are highly competitive, and less than 10 percent of more than 12,000 videos submitted receive the Silver Telly, the highest honor.

By partnering with YouTube, the Telly Awards allow the people and a panel of judges to determine which entries will receive the award. This year, the HSUS video was chosen as one of the select few.

The Humane Society of the United States saved Arden and a number of chimps from captivity.
Arden the chimp is now safe at Chimp Haven after growing up in a research lab. Photo Credit: Chimp Haven

The short film features more than 100 government-owned chimpanzees being released into Chimp Haven, a non-profit organization that works as a place of retirement for lab chimps.

The film shows scenes of the animals seeing the sky for the first time, without the constraint of heavy metal bars between them and the outside world. They’re able to run around and play with each other spacious areas. The chimps are visually shocked by the freedom the land promises.

Kathleen Conlee, vice president of Animal Research Issues for the Humane Society of the United States said:

“The faces of the chimpanzees from our undercover work is what has fuelled our efforts, and to see them finally reach sanctuary and step out on that grass led to a flood of emotions. But we still have more to do. We are so thankful this award gives us another opportunity to tell their stories as we work to get those chimpanzees remaining in laboratories to the sanctuary they so deserve.”

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 of which has to be raised by Chimp Haven.

Nearly 200 chimps are currently living at the sanctuary with another 20 on the way next month.

Of the over 150 videos produced by the HSUS this year, Chimps: A New Life, Retirement” was the only one to receive a Telly.

Watch the full film below.

— Kayla Newcomer, exclusive to Global Animal