Help Retire 110 Research Chimpanzees to Sanctuary
  • Petitioned Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.,

This petition was delivered to:

National Institutes of Health Director
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.,

Help Retire 110 Research Chimpanzees to Sanctuary

    1. Sponsored by

      Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest


The NIH claims they will be retiring 110 chimpanzees from biomedical research, but 100 of them are moving to a laboratory with a dubious animal welfare record. These chimpanzees deserve true retirement in a sanctuary whose mission is to provide a permanent loving home, free from the reminders of biomedical testing.

The federal government established a system of providing for the care of chimpanzees retired from biomedical testing through the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection (CHIMP) Act in 2000. The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) includes Chimp Haven, the sanctuary that cares for all other chimpanzees retired under the CHIMP Act. NAPSA sanctuaries can provide high-quality care for less money than what it will cost the government to warehouse the chimpanzees in a laboratory.

Moving the chimpanzees to a lab is a waste of taxpayer dollars and a travesty to the individual chimpanzees who should be able to live their remaining years in peace in a sanctuary where caregivers can properly provide for their mental and physical well-being.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Chimp Haven is Raising Money to take all 110 Chimpanzees

      Chimp Haven starts $5.1M expansion drive

      NEW ORLEANS (AP) â The national sanctuary for retired federal research chimpanzees in Keithville, La., hopes to raise $5.1 million to make room for 110 chimps being moved from a lab in New Iberia and to prepare for even more. Healthy chimps rotate between big, moated play yards and adjacent habitats with trees for climbing and nesting.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Retired Lab Chimps Pressed Back Into Service

      Retired Lab Chimps Pressed Back Into Service

      If scientists ever develop a vaccine for hepatitis from research done on chimpanzees, some of them will say the human race owes a debt of gratitude to chimps like Ken. Currently housed in a San Antonio research facility

    5. Group: Send all ex-research chimps to sanctuary

      Group: Send all ex-research chimps to sanctuary

      NEW ORLEANS - A Boston-based animal advocacy group wants all 110 federal research chimpanzees being retired from a lab run by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette moved to Chimp Haven, the national sanctuary in northwest Louisiana for retired federal research chimpanzees.


    Reasons for signing

    • Claire Brannon SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Chimpanzees and other large wild animals should not be used in medical research and should be in a sanctuary where they can be properly cared for.

      • almost 2 years ago

      This is important to me because it breaks my heart to see any animal suffer or used in this manner, it's absolutely horrifying!

    • Candace Modrell LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Animals are not ours to do research on, just like humans are not ours. Wouldn't it be horrific to see our family members treated in this way. The animals feel the same way. They did not volunteer to be in this position, and people are disgusting for forcing this life on them. They deserve better.

    • Timothy Lawrence WHITE RIVER JCT., VT
      • almost 2 years ago

      because they have done they dutie for us ,it's their time now to be normal . Thank you !!!

    • Michelle Johnson VALLEY CENTER, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need to treat these amazing creatures with respect and humanely. There are so many better ways to do research without torturing these gentle apes....


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