November 11, 2011
Wayne's Blog: Time to Transfer All Chimps in Labs to Sanctuaries
A couple of weeks ago, I took a very special trip to Chimp Haven outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. It's a sanctuary—one of several—for chimps retired from research, with 140 chimps roaming throughout a beautiful, humane, and safe facility.
Our federal government, along with a number of private labs, has used chimpanzees for invasive research for decades. The HSUS exposed abuses of chimps in a 2009 investigation at the New Iberia Research Center, also in Louisiana, and the largest of the chimp research centers in the country. One chimp at the facility had been in a laboratory since 1958—when Dwight Eisenhower was president of the United States.