Fifty Chimpanzees Held Captive for Future Experiments
The National Institutes of Health is making progress in phasing out government-funded chimpanzee experiments and retiring most federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. But the agency shouldn’t hold 50 chimpanzees for future research.
"The Institute of Medicine made it clear that chimpanzees are neither necessary nor useful research subjects. While they suffer needlessly in laboratories, millions of taxpayer dollars are wasted on inappropriate housing and unproductive research," says Elizabeth Kucinich, PCRM’s director of government affairs. “While we are happy with the progress this report suggests, we advise that chimpanzee experiments be phased out completely.”
The report from the Council of Councils Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research states that the NIH should permanently retire all but 50 of the 360 government-owned chimpanzees to a federal sanctuary program. The Working Group’s report recommends that NIH should not revitalize breeding of chimpanzees for any research, including new, emerging, or re-emerging disease research.
If the NIH accepts the recommendations of this report, the approximately 170 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico should be sent to sanctuaries. This includes Ken and the 23 chimpanzees, previously housed at APF, who are in poor health facing laboratory procedures at Texas Biomed in San Antonio. Ken, for example, is at risk of sudden cardiac death according to medical records obtained by PCRM through the Freedom of Information Act. Ken and the others should now be removed from the laboratory and reunited with the other Alamogordo chimpanzees in permanent retirement.
To learn more about ending chimpanzee experiments, visit PCRM.org/GAPCSA.