NIH Announces 110
Chimpanzees to be Permanently Retired
Please read and decide.
Last year, the Institute of Medicine, at the request
of the National Institutes of Health, conducted a study to determine
the necessity of using Chimpanzees in medical experimentation.
study concluded that current experimental methodologies have rendered
the Chimpanzee as unnecessary in most research settings.
This week, the NIH has announced it would retire and relocate 110
Chimpanzees currently held for experimentation.
However, Primate Freedom Project is very concerned
that 100 of this same group will be relocated, not to a sanctuary,
but to another experimental facility (Texas Biomedical) that receives
federal funding for Chimpanzee experiments.
Living conditions for the 100 will be typical laboratory
standards rather than a sanctuary lifestyle of feeling the warmth
of the sun, grass under their feet and social interaction with others
of their own species.
The CHIMP Act of 2000 clearly states that federally
owned Chimpanzees no longer used in research are to be retired to
Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Please call and write to the NIH director, Dr. Francis Collins,
and urge him to permanently retire the 100 Chimpanzees bound for
Texas Biomedical to a real sanctuary. Contact Dr. Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org
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