Crystal Alba/Project Chimps

Speak up for chimpanzees!

The National Institutes of Health has betrayed their commitment to retire all federally owned and supported chimpanzees to a sanctuary. In 2018 the agency said it would create a new process to assess the health status of each chimpanzee in their facilities and only those few chimpanzees who were in extremely poor health would be kept in the laboratory instead of being retired to a sanctuary at Chimp Haven. We had hoped that NIH would live up to that promise, but they have instead announced they won't be transferring the remaining 41 chimpanzees housed at the Alamogordo Primate Research Facility to a sanctuary at Chimp Haven. This is unacceptable.

The NIH has an obligation under the CHIMP Act to send eligible chimpanzees to Chimp Haven, and it’s incredibly hard to believe that all 41 chimpanzees are all too sick to be transferred and given an opportunity to thrive in a sanctuary setting. In addition, the “independent panel” that made that determination simply wasn’t independent at all -- it did not include a primate behaviorist or ethicist or a veterinarian with sanctuary experience and instead was made up of three of NIH’s own veterinarians.

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


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