December 21, 2012
Wayne's Blog: NIH to Release 100+ Chimps from Research Lab to Sanctuary
It’s a big day for chimpanzees, as the National Institutes of Health announces a commitment to move more than 100 government-owned chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (the lab that HSUS investigated and exposed in 2009) to Chimp Haven, the federal chimpanzee sanctuary. These animals are classified as “permanently ineligible” for research and will live out the remainder of their lives in safety there.
We’ve had a good, productive discussion with NIH about this move, and we are grateful to NIH Director Francis Collins for agreeing to make this move and also to Chimp Haven for agreeing to take in these chimpanzees. The transfer will nearly double the population of animals living there.