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Wayne's Blog: NIH Panel Says Lab Chimps Should Go to Sanctuaries

Wayne's Blog: A Humane Nation

  • A chimpanzee stares out from her cage at the New Iberia Research Center. Over a dozen chimps were recently transferred to Chimp Haven from the NIRC, the first of 113 that will go to sanctuary. iStockphoto.com

While a handful of members of Congress delayed action on a recent bill to phase out the use of chimps in invasive experiments during the lame-duck session, yesterday a National Institutes of Health Working Group tasked with examining the NIH’s future role in chimpanzee research made sweeping recommendations to further the goal of phasing out chimp use. The panel’s recommendations include phasing out all current biomedical research grants involving chimpanzees in laboratories, ending chimpanzee breeding, and retiring the vast majority of government-owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. These recommendations are bound to please more than 30,000 members of the public who urged this very set of actions in letters that we delivered to the agency in June of last year.

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