January 23, 2013
Wayne's Blog: NIH Panel Says Lab Chimps Should Go to Sanctuaries
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.