Help 100 Chimpanzees Being “Retired” to Texas Laboratory
The National Institutes of Health recently announced it will “retire” 110 chimpanzees from experiments. But 100 of them will be sent to Texas Biomed, a laboratory that was fined more than $25,000 for violating the Animal Welfare Act. Only 10 will go to Chimp Haven, the federal chimpanzee sanctuary.
“I’m thrilled to see this kind of movement toward the end of chimpanzee experiments, but sending only 10 of the 110 chimpanzees to a sanctuary is unfair,” said John Pippin, M.D., PCRM’s director of academic affairs. “Scientists, legislators, and government agencies should work together to stop condemning any chimpanzee to a lifetime of laboratory captivity or invasive experiments. Technological advances have given us far better ways to improve human health.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also moving away from chimpanzee experiments. The agency said it no longer conducts chimpanzee experiments, according to a letter the agency wrote to PCRM.
“Consistent with the findings of the IOM panel, CDC no longer conducts chimpanzee research,” wrote Tanja Popovic, M.D., Ph.D., CDC deputy associate director for science, to Dr. Pippin.
Last year, an Institute of Medicine committee charged with examining the necessity of chimpanzee experimentation could not find a single area of health research for which chimpanzees are essential. At its first hearing, Dr. Pippin was asked by the Institute of Medicine panel to testify on the use of human cells and other high-tech alternatives to replace chimpanzees in medical research.
Congress is also considering protections for chimpanzees. The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act now has the bipartisan support of more than 190 members of Congress and would end invasive and harmful experiments on chimpanzees, permanently end breeding of chimpanzees for invasive research, and release federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
Ending chimpanzee experiments will save a quarter of a billion taxpayer dollars over the next decade. The United States is the last country in the world that permits large-scale confinement of chimpanzees in laboratories and their use in invasive research.
To ask Congress to pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, visit PCRM.org/GAPCSA.