BIG NEWS: More than 100 Chimpanzees Going to Sanctuary!
Dear PCRM supporter,
After months of work by PCRM, its supporters, and other
groups, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that more than
100 chimpanzees who were once going to be transferred to a research facility in
Texas will now be sent to a sanctuary!
In September, we told you that NIH was planning to move just
10 to 20 of the 100-plus chimpanzees it deemed “ineligible for research” to the
sanctuary in Louisiana. The rest were to be sent to a research facility with a
track record of animal welfare violations, some of which recently resulted in a
$25,000 fine. Of course, that was completely unacceptable.
response, we asked you to contact NIH. PCRM’s research policy specialist Noelle
Callahan and I flew to Louisiana. And we went to Capitol Hill to enlist the help of
members of Congress to make sure that all of the chimpanzees—not just a few of
them—were permanently retired to the sanctuary.
The result: Over the next 12 to 15 months all of the
100-plus chimpanzees will be transferred from the New Iberia Research Center to
Chimp Haven, the federal sanctuary. At their new home, the chimpanzees will
have space to explore. They will be able to climb trees. And best of all, they
will be free of use in invasive experiments.
Thank you for all the help you lent to this and all our other lifesaving
campaigns. We have achieved this success because of supporters like you, and we
look forward to celebrating many more victories with you in the future.
Very truly yours,
Director of Government Affairs