Victory! NIH Retires More than 100 Chimpanzees to Sanctuary
More than 100 federally owned chimpanzees are about to retire after years in laboratory confinement. The National Institutes of Health will send the chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center to the Chimp Haven federal sanctuary.
Initially, NIH planned to transfer just 10 of the chimpanzees to Chimp Haven in Louisiana and send the rest to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a laboratory that was fined more than $25,000 for violating the Animal Welfare Act. PCRM government affairs director Elizabeth Kucinich instead called for them to be transferred to a sanctuary. Kucinich immediately rallied members of Congress and other organizations to create and support a plan to ensure the animals’ permanent safety.
Last year, an Institute of Medicine committee charged with examining the necessity of chimpanzee experimentation could not find a single area of health research for which chimpanzees are essential. At its first meeting, PCRM director of academic affairs John Pippin, M.D., was asked by the Institute of Medicine panel to testify on the use of human-based research methods and other high-tech alternatives to replace chimpanzees in medical research.
Ending chimpanzee experiments will not only save animals’ considerable misery. It will also save millions in taxpayer dollars. The United States is the last country in the world that permits large-scale confinement of chimpanzees in laboratories for use in invasive research.
To learn more about ending chimpanzee experiments, visit PCRM.org/GAPCSA.