UPDATE: Santa is making his rounds early this year, and this time,
he’s come through for more than 100 chimpanzees “owned” by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) who are being released from the horrendous New
Iberia Research Center. Following pleas by PETA and many others, NIH—after initially announcing a misguided
plan
 to send most of the chimpanzees to a notorious Texas laboratory—has now declared that all the animals will instead be properly retired to a sanctuary!

While this means a truly happy new year (with more to come)
for the New Iberia chimpanzees, many others remain in miserable laboratories,
where they are subjected
to physically and mentally traumatic experiments and captivity
. Do like old St. Nick and give them a gift this holiday season: Urge the government to retire all its chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

Originally posted on September 23rd: 

More
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
experimentation.

The
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.

It
seems that NIH is making good on its promise.

PETA
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
laboratories.

While
NIH’s announcement marks a tremendous step forward, hundreds more
chimpanzees—in federally funded and private laboratories—must still be retired.

Please
urge
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.

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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