Filed under: Chimpanzee Welfare
Today has been a great day for the majority of chimpanzees suffering in research laboratories: the NIH working group has submitted it’s report regarding the use of chimpanzees in NIH-supported Research. According to the report, the majority of NIH owned chimpanzees will be retired and transferred to the federal sanctuary system. Planning will start immediately to expand current facilities to accommodate these chimpanzees. The NIH also concluded that the federal sanctuary system is the most species-appropriate environment currently available and thus is the preferred environment for long-term housing of chimpanzees no longer required for research.
Although one major disappointment for most animal welfare groups who want chimpanzee experimentation ended completely is the NIH’s plan to maintain a small population of approx. 50 chimpanzees for future potential research that meets the IOM principles and criteria.
There is going to be a public comment area where you can give your opinion and this will last from January 23rd until March 23rd so please tell the NIH to retire all chimpanzees used in research. It’s the only truely ethical option. I will post the link for public comments as soon as it is live tomorrow.
See http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/pdf/FNL_Report_WG_Chimpanzees.pdf for full report.