Crystal Alba/Project Chimps

Speak up for chimpanzees!

Many countries around the world accept that experimenting on chimpanzees is morally wrong as well as scientifically unjustified. The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the European Union and the United States have all banned or severely restricted such experiments.

Under the CHIMP Act in the United States, the National Institutes of Health is obliged by law to retire its federally-owned ex-laboratory chimpanzees to a sanctuary called Chimp Haven. But it is refusing to do so. This is totally unacceptable.

The NIH said in 2018 it would assess the health status of each of its 41 chimpanzees and retire them to the sanctuary, leaving in its facility only those few chimpanzees who were in extremely poor health. But it now says it won't be transferring any of the 41 chimpanzees at all. It's incredibly hard to believe that all 41 chimpanzees are too sick to be transferred! And it's worth noting that the so-called “independent panel” that made that decision did not include a single primate behaviorist or ethicist, or a veterinarian with sanctuary experience; instead it was made up of three of NIH’s own veterinarians.

Join us in calling on the NIH to give these chimps the opportunity to leave the laboratory and thrive in a sanctuary setting.

Please urge the NIH to reassess its decision and retire the chimpanzees to a sanctuary.


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