Despite a recent court ruling and the animal welfare benefits of sanctuary retirement, media reports indicate the National Institutes of Health is still refusing to allow 26 chimpanzees warehoused in a government laboratory in New Mexico to spend the rest of their lives at Chimp Haven. These chimps have been at this government facility since at least 2001.  

A recent NIH statement to the media claims that none of the 26 chimps, all previously subjected to research experiments, can be moved because they are “moribund.” While this term is generally understood to mean at the brink of death, the agency now claims that the 26 chimps have been moribund for years, since at least early 2021. We strongly dispute this claim as it’s hard to imagine how a chimp who’s been alive for more than three years can be considered at the brink of death.