than 100 chimpanzees will soon be freed from laboratory cages after years of
pressure by PETA and other animal protection groups led the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to announce that it
will be permanently retiring all the federally “owned” chimpanzees at the New
Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, making them off limits for future
announcement follows a landmark report issued last year by the National
Academy of Sciences (NAS), which concluded
that “most current biomedical research use of chimpanzees is not
necessary.” In the wake of that report, NIH announced that it was
suspending funding for any new experiments on chimpanzees and that it would be
reevaluating currently funded experiments on chimpanzees.
seems that NIH is making good on its promise.
has campaigned for the release of chimpanzees from laboratories for decades. In addition to publicizing
video footage showing the abuse of chimpanzees in
laboratories, PETA successfully campaigned for the permanent
retirement of the more than 200
chimpanzees held at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. We
also submitted comments to and testified before the NAS, and we submitted official comments
to NIH this spring outlining recommendations for the agency’s implementation of
the NAS report, including calling for the retirement of all chimpanzees in
NIH’s announcement marks a tremendous step forward, hundreds more
chimpanzees—in federally funded and private laboratories—must still be retired.
your congressional representatives to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which
would ban invasive experiments on chimpanzees and retire all federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
Article source: PETA Files