Just six months after PETA announced that it had purchased stock in BIOQUAL—the company formerly known as “SEMA”—to urge it to phase out the
use of chimpanzees in experiments, the company is doing just that.

The SEMA Side of
Laboratories

BIOQUAL’s announcement comes 25 years after Jane Goodall called for the closure of SEMA after undercover video footage released by PETA
revealed abysmal conditions in the lab. Baby chimpanzees were locked inside tiny
steel boxes in complete isolation and exhibited signs of insanity, rocking
incessantly in their dark cages. The misery of the SEMA chimpanzees is
documented in PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s landmark book Free the Animals

Until this development, little but its name seemed to have
changed at BIOQUAL. PETA recently used the Freedom of Information Act to secure
descriptions of BIOQUAL’s experiments on chimpanzees. We learned that in one
experiment, six infant chimpanzees—some as young as 9 months of age—were taken
from their mothers, caged individually, exposed to a virus, and subjected to
months of painful liver, bone marrow, lymph node, and intestinal biopsies. We
pointed out to the National Institutes of Health that these and other
experiments on chimpanzees at BIOQUAL were considered unnecessary by the Institute of Medicine in its landmark report on the scientific validity of experiments on
chimpanzees. 

What You Can Do

Chimpanzees are our closest relatives, with psychological and physical needs that are strikingly similar to our own. They
are intelligent, have unique personalities, and are capable of experiencing
profound suffering. However, this has not saved them from being imprisoned,
stripped of their autonomy, and used in invasive and sometimes painful
experiments. The U.S. is the only developed country that continues to use
chimpanzees in invasive experiments, but the pending Great Ape Protection and
Cost Savings Act would ban invasive experiments on chimpanzees and retire more
than 600 federally owned chimpanzees.

Please tell your congressional representatives that the 15 federally
owned chimpanzees at BIOQUAL—and all chimpanzees in U.S. laboratories—should be
sent to reputable sanctuaries and allowed to live out their remaining years in
peace.

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Article source: PETA Files

One thought on “Lab to Stop Chimpanzee Experiments

  1. Although the environments NIH supplied and required for vaccine development studies involving chimpanzees during the 1980s were legal, they were not appropriate for chimpanzees. The criticisms by Dr. Goodall and others (including me) created opportunities for change. New environments were created and replaced the old ones. Dr. Goodall, and many other people who visited the renovated facility, beginning in the early 1990s, took note of and praised the dramatically improved environments. Yet, some sources continue to claim that nothing changed, despite the well-documented, enormous, and constructive change that was implemented more than 20 years ago The scientists from NIH whose research was conducted at BIOQUAL have retired. The contracts are ending.

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