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Chimpanzees in Sun for First Time in 30 Years

Written by PETA | September 8, 2011

After three decades in captivity, a group of 38 chimpanzees who had been abused in painful hepatitis and HIV experiments in an Austrian laboratory were finally released to a sanctuary, where they can spend the rest of their lives in peaceful retirement. A television camera operator captured the awe-inspiring moment when the chimpanzees cautiously stepped out of their enclosures and into daylight for the first time in 30 years, embracing one another to celebrate their newfound freedom.

These chimpanzees have not been used in experiments for more than 10 years, but their future was in limbo when the Austrian safari park where they were living went bankrupt. It was believed that the group would be split up and sent to zoos around Europe. But animal advocates around the world, including PETA and our members and supporters, wrote to the drug company that sent the chimpanzees to the park and implored it to ensure that the chimpanzees would be sent to a sanctuary and not be separated from one another. Thanks to those of you who spoke out, the chimpanzees are now living together happily at an animal sanctuary where they can feel the grass under their feet and the wind on their faces for the first time in decades!

While it’s wonderful that these chimpanzees now have a safe haven, chimpanzees in the U.S. continue to be locked up and abused in laboratories, as PETA spelled out in a column in today’s issue of the influential D.C. newspaper The Hill. You can help give their story a happy ending, too, by asking your congressional representatives to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810), which will permanently end invasive experiments on all great apes in the U.S. and retire hundreds of chimpanzees to sanctuaries. Can’t wait to see those videos!

 

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Connie Brady says:

    What a great day – best news I’ve heard in a long, long time.

  • CreepyKiki says:

    The best way to figure out how HIV behaves is to study the disease itself, on it’s own, and figure out it’s full molecular structure. I actually came across an interesting article that could lead to some advancements in treating and possibly curing HIV and AIDS. And here is the link for you all to see that we need Gamer Geeks, not chimp testing! http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/09/19/technology-foldit-hiv.html

  • Isabelle says:

    What an amazing day for these chimps but I feel terribly ashamed for Humanity to turn a blind eye and accept the atrocities inflicted to the animals. Thank you PETA for your actions.

  • Mary Roberson says:

    What a wonderful video, thanks for sharing this. I applaud all those who work on behalf of our animals and their rights. I agree with the comments in the video. The first thing I noticed was the one chimp who hugged the other. Certainly speaks to their sensitivity!

  • Ingrid says:

    I am sooo glad for these chimps and I also absolutelly agree with all Kristin Bauer´s opinions. Good luck into future with projects like this one. :)

  • Ana says:

    Yay! I’m so happy!!! Great news! :D

  • Stella says:

    Thank you to everyone who worked hard to give these chimps their much-deserved freedom. I am ashamed of the way humans treat animals sometimes. :( I am so happy for these animals who are finally freed!

  • Brittany Rosas says:

    This is a beautiful thing. Seeing them smile & a hug is amazing.

  • Therese says:

    Thank you Peta, thank you Kristin and every one that works to help all those mistreated animals. It is not necessary to torture animals like so many ‘human’ do. For the life of me I do not understand how anyone that is so intelligent like those scientist can come to an idea to test animals in laboratories. To me it is brainless and heartless. Laboratory testings need to stop NOW.

  • chris gilbee says:

    Wow! Look at the Bear Hug one Chimp gave the other! And look at their smiles and their joy! I imagine that the few genes that they DON’T share with us humans are the ones that allow US To put THEM into captivity, into cages, and through abusive, inhumane experiments!

  • Coleen Flores says:

    I am so happy for the chimps that have been released where they are able to see sunlight and feel the grass under their feet and have interaction with the other chimps but I am so sad for the fact that they had to go through this at all. Sad for the ones that are still in these labs in the U.S. They need to be released immediately and animal testing should be banned period. They are Gods creation, & not for human studies. Please lets all get involved to help the torture of these wonderful loving creatures. They deserve to be free and enjoy there lives here on earth as we do.

  • Karil says:

    Wow! Look at the Bear Hug one Chimp gave the other! And look at their smiles and their joy! I imagine that the few genes that they DON’T share with us humans are the ones that allow US To put THEM into captivity, into cages, and through abusive, inhumane experiments!

  • PdxBB says:

    Thank you Kristin for all your work and support for animals. The greatness of humanity is NOT being human but in being humane!

  • K.G Stikkelorum says:

    THANK YOU PETA AND EVERYBODY WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. KEEP IT UP. SOMETIMES I FEEL SO DEPRESSED FOR ALL THE SUFFERING OF ANIMALS AROUND THE WORLD BUT I DON’T GIVE UP AND I KEEP THE HOPE SPECIALLY WHEN I SEE RESULTS LIKE THESE. GOD BLESS ALL THE LIVING CREATURES AND GIVE THEM THE QUALITY OF LIFE EVERYBODY DESERVES. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND THANK YOU

  • DONNA NOWOTNY says:

    thank you Peta and Thank you Kristin Bauer

  • Judy says:

    This was a wonderful sight, it made my eyes water. George Bernard Shaw said ” Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories are called research ” .

  • BUREL JEROME says:

    Human destroyed wilderness it’s terrifying. Thank’s PETA for helping them!

  • Leticia Lamar Botello says:

    Thank you, God,for having individuals around the world, advocates, like us Peta memebers, that have a voice for animals that are being hurt, like these chimps. This is another victory for our precious animals, it feels my heart with joy to see the joy they feel to be finally let out into the world.God Bless us all, and God Bless our animals.

  • nicky2pints says:

    when that chimp gave the other one a big hug it is beatiful!!!!!!!!!!! Thank god we have good people like Peta helping these animals!!

  • KITITA says:

    THANK YOU PETA AND EVERYBODY WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. KEEP IT UP. SOMETIMES I FEEL SO DEPRESSED FOR ALL THE SUFFERING OF ANIMALS AROUND THE WORLD BUT I DON’T GIVE UP AND I KEEP THE HOPE SPECIALLY WHEN I SEE RESULTS LIKE THESE. GOD BLESS ALL THE LIVING CREATURES AND GIVE THEM THE QUALITY OF LIFE EVERYBODY DESERVES. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND THANK YOU

  • Gail says:

    I am so happy for the chimps that have been released where they are able to see sunlight and feel the grass under their feet and have interaction with the other chimps but I am so sad for the fact that they had to go through this at all. Sad for the ones that are still in these labs in the U.S. They need to be released immediately and animal testing should be banned period.

  • Maude says:

    YeahhHH!!! Such a great news! I just wish they would end up using chimps at Health Canada…it’s so sad…

  • Rachel Vigderovich Blank says:

    Human are discusting! Animals DO feel the same way we do and have the right to live free and in their own space. STOP THE UNECESSARY AND CRUELEST LABORATORY TESTING!!!!

  • Teresa says:

    WE ARE AWFUL! MANKIND IS A LAUGHABLE NAME FOR THE HUMAN RACE! THIS IS NOT KIND!!!

  • Christiane K. says:

    Is it allowed to say that the Austrian animal sanctuary is Gut Aiderbichl, already supported f.e. by David Hasselhoff. Thanks to the people of Aiderbichl a lot of animals could be rescued for the last about 10 years. Among them Beagle dogs from labs.

  • DisneyDenizen says:

    This video made me cry… Even though they hadn’t been outdoors in all those years, when those two chimpanzees hugged, you can just tell that they KNEW that they were finally where they were supposed to be: OUTSIDE.

  • Laurel Mancini says:

    The two chimps who held one another gripped my heart. If a human cannot recognize such a gesture and acknowledge it as where we got ours, piffle on us. Keep working the system. Chimps, bears, elephants, factory-farmed animals. Keep kicking the door.

  • Sharon says:

    These tests do not yield any positive results, and chimps are at the EXACT same consciousness-level as humans … as are all animals. Experimenting upon them, torturing them is akin to experimenting on and torturing humans, which of coruse is still being done but is not condoned.

  • Maria Noel says:

    THIS IS AWESOME! Humans must respect animals and not to torture them. THE WORLD MUST STOP ANIMAL TESTING. Thank you peta for all your hard work we love you guys!

  • Yvonne Fast says:

    No animal should be exposed to the cruelty of testing. Let them all come out and taste the freedom of a free life!

  • Laura says:

    Humanity is a selfish stupid folk. Animals feel the same way as we do. They are precious and should not be tortured. Animal Liberation!

  • jaki lucas says:

    what a fab video wish we had more of these happy endings

  • betty says:

    What is wrong with the human race? 30yrs not seeing the light of day!!! Unbelievable. This is how we respect our possible ancestors…?

  • Kathleen Kennedy says:

    Who do we think we are witholding sulight and fresh air from ANYONE??!!! I am digusted by human nature every day! I feel so good for these chimpanzees…their reaction to the light proves how what we force them to do in the darkness of laboratories is SO totally wrong! Animal Testing Sucks! Free them all!!!

  • Michael Essi says:

    Since reading about this story, and watching the video, I have been haunted by the notion that we deprived these creatures from sunlight for over three decades. I cannot even wrap my head around the idea of being without sunlight for that length of time. And, yet, I am still haunted by the fact that many other animals are currently experiencing the exact same deprivation right now and, some, for even longer periods of time. At what point did we think that this was acceptable?

  • Ioana Cristina Pop says:

    STOP ANIMAL TESTING!!!

  • gabriela says:

    this made me tear. thank you peta, you guys are heros. these animals even embrace themselves like humans, and people have the heart to torture them? thats horrible.

  • Whitney says:

    this made me feel good <3