Flo is a 54-year old government-owned chimpanzee who has spent most of her life in a laboratory enduring painful and traumatic experiments. Hundreds of chimpanzees just like her languish in the United States. But, thanks to modern research techniques and the support of the public, the tide is beginning to turn in favor of these sensitive and intelligent animals.
Global healthcare giant Merck has shifted away from conducting or financially supporting biomedical research on chimpanzees. The company joins a growing number of pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms worldwide who support phasing out the use of chimpanzees in harmful research. Learn more »
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May 14, 2014
After nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, the Telly Awards has named The Humane Society of the United States as a People’s Silver Winner.
January 30, 2014
Merck & Co, Inc., will stop conducting or financially supporting biomedical research on chimpanzees into the foreseeable future. The availability of alternatives has led to the policy change by one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
November 14, 2013
A barrier in the way of government-owned chimpanzees in laboratories being transferred to sanctuaries has been cleared now that Congress has given final approval to support the project. The Senate gave final approval to the National Institutes of Health to spend money on sanctuary care and to begin fulfilling the agency’s pledge to move laboratory chimpanzees to sanctuaries, a move hailed by The Humane Society of the United States as game-changing for these great apes.
November 12, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted without opposition to give the National Institutes of Health the much-needed flexibility within its budget to retire government-owned chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries, and to continue supporting those already in sanctuary.
July 26, 2013
An official ceremonial signing was held by Gov. Dannel Malloy for the passage of “An Act Concerning Dissection Choice,” a new law requiring schools to excuse any student from participating or observing the dissection of any animal as part of classroom instruction.
June 26, 2013
The National Institutes of Health announced its intention to retire the majority of the more than 350 government-owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories to sanctuary.
June 11, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to protect all chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act.
June 7, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formalized several policy recommendations designed to reduce animal tests in pesticide safety.