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.
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