Carmen Iben, Global Animal
The National Institute of Health (NIH) revealed last month that they will be retiring 110 chimpanzees from a Louisianan research center in an attempt to help end animal testing. While ten of the chimps will be moved to a nearby sanctuary, the other 100 will be moved to another research institute in Texas.
There, the chimps will be ineligible for testing or research, but will be permitted to take part in any behavioral studies.
The lucky ten chimpanzees en route to the sanctuary, Chimp Haven, will no longer have to suffer through animal testing.
Chimp Haven soon plans to expand their shelter so that one day they will be able to accommodate the rest of the retired primates.
At this time, they are working with the government in search of a better solution to avoid transferring these chimpanzees to yet another research lab.
Nonetheless, Francis Collins of the NIH told the Washington Post that this move to relocate the chimps is “a significant step in winding down NIH’s investment in chimpanzee rearch based on the way science has evolved.”
Even with the retiring of these chimpanzees, The New Iberia Research Center still houses 200 privately owned chimps and thousands of other monkeys. This number will hopefully
deteriorate, as the USDA is conducting an ongoing investigation of the facility. By next year, NIH will cut off all funding to New Iberia, and slowly the research center should shrink.
This move is certainly in the right direction for the elimination of animal testing, but there is still much to do, as more and more monkeys are being exposed to various diseases for the benefit of humans.
Take action, and sign this petition to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act which will gradually cut down federally funded research on chimpanzees.