(CHIMPS/ANIMAL TESTING) Life is going pretty well for Arden the chimpanzee these days, but this hasn’t always been the case.

The four-year-old chimp and her family spent their lives growing up in the largest chimpanzee lab in the world, the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Five years ago, members of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) went undercover and conducted a nine-month investigation at Arden’s lab, discovering regular inhumane treatment of their research animals.

The Humane Society of the United States saved Arden and a number of chimps from captivity.
Arden the chimp is safe at Chimp Haven after growing up in a research lab. Photo Credit: Chimp Haven

Footage uncovered that the chimps at the NIRC were victim to horrible experiments, and became so anxious they would often throw themselves against their cages, cutting large wounds into their bodies.

Thanks to the HSUS, Arden is now safe and in the company of her loving mother and great grandmother.

Arden’s story represents a change in the world of animal research. Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) declared they would move all of their lab chimps to the national sanctuary, Chimp Haven.

Arden was just one of the first 50 chimps to make their way from the NIRC to Chimp Haven, and with our continued help, more chimpanzees will be able to experience the same quality life.

Click here to visit the HSUS website and find out how you can help.

And don’t forget to watch the video of Arden’s story in the clip below: