(ANIMAL WELFARE) This week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced their decision to cut funding for most invasive biomedical experiments on chimpanzees as well as grant sanctuary to the majority of federally-owned laboratory chimps. Chimpanzees are highly intelligent creatures who suffer immensely when subjected to unnecessary testing and laboratory imprisonment. PETA is very pleased with this landmark decision but will not be satisfied until the remaining lab chimps are freed. Continue reading for more on this announcement and the effects laboratory testing has on chimpanzees. — Global Animal
Norfolk, Va. — PETA is popping champagne corks at its Norfolk, Va., headquarters today to celebrate the news that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has brought the U.S. one step closer to ending a shameful 90-year history of treating chimpanzees as disposable laboratory tools and ignoring the apes’ profound psychological and physical needs.
Today’s historic announcement that the NIH will cut funding for most invasive biomedical experiments on chimpanzees and grant sanctuary to at least 310 of the 360 federally owned chimpanzees currently imprisoned in laboratories is an acknowledgment of what PETA has said since it began fighting this practice more than a quarter of a century ago: It is wrong to torment living beings whom we know suffer greatly from physical, behavioral, and psychological deprivation in laboratories.
The NIH decision and the process that led to this point are the result of intense public outrage that the U.S. is the last country in the industrialized world that still conducts painful experiments on chimpanzees.
PETA will now push hard for the release of the remaining chimpanzees still held prisoner in laboratories, where, as the NIH acknowledged today, they can still be crammed into 5-foot-by-5-foot steel boxes and used in invasive experiments. However, a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to categorize chimpanzees in laboratories as “endangered”—as their wild counterparts already are—would effectively prohibit their use in any invasive experiments.