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Feds May Cut Funding for Chimpanzee Experiments, Many Could Be Retired

Written by PETA | January 22, 2013

Update: In 2015, following pressure from PETA and other animal advocates, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) promised to retire all federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. Sadly, since this announcement, few have been retired and many have died while waiting. Please urge NIH to retire these animals now!

Originally posted January 22, 2013:

For decades, PETA has been calling for an end to the cruel and irrelevant use of chimpanzees in experimentation. We’ve made significant progress over the years bring an end to this national disgrace, and now the government is finally taking concrete steps to do the same.  

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An Historic Decision

At a historic meeting this afternoon, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) committee recommended that the agency cut funding for seven of the nine current taxpayer-funded grants for biomedical experiments on chimpanzees and fully or partially cut funding for 12 of 13 behavioral studies. With regard to the fate of these 360 NIH-owned chimpanzees, the committee stated that “the majority of NIH-owned chimpanzees should be designated for retirement and transferred to the federal sanctuary system. Planning should start immediately ….”

The NIH’s momentous move follows the landmark 2011 finding of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that “most current biomedical research use of chimpanzees is not necessary.” After the report’s release, the NIH formed a committee to determine, among other things, which taxpayer-funded projects should be ended and how many chimpanzees should be retired.

Persistence Pays Off

PETA submitted recommendations calling for a complete end to experimentation on chimpanzees to both IOM and NIH during these deliberations—and that’s just one part of the extensive groundwork that led to this exciting development. Every step of the way, PETA has relentlessly pursued any and all avenues to uncover abuse to chimpanzees in laboratories and has advocated for the creation of stronger federal policy and legislation to protect chimpanzees from being tormented in experiments

PETA has exposed cruelty in laboratories, filed complaints against laboratories that experiment on chimpanzees, reached out to Members of Congress, organized demonstrations, gained celebrity support, filed shareholder resolutions, launched online advocacy campaigns, and called for an end to this barbaric practice in popular and academic publications.

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  • silvana says:

    dont be killers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Al Stein says:

    Please come into the 21st Century. Stop all Chimp experiments and retire these animals. It is non effective, a waste of OUR money and wrong for these sentient beings.

  • mariam Willis says:

    What does it say about us when we torture and abuse living creatures? ?? Shouldn’t we question our society? Our values? Our conscience? What gives us the right over other living beings? Who are we? Are we really superior to them? Under which criterias? Who’s criteria? We MUST respect and appreciate life , period…it is essential and it define who we are.

  • Emma says:

    Please stop abusing innocent animals.

  • Susannah says:

    This is wrong. If it’s not ok to test on humans than it shouldn’t be tested on any creature. Please end this torture now!

  • John Meszaros says:

    All experiments on great apes must come to an end ASAP.

  • lorraine brabham says:

    Please stop these primitive and cruel practices!!

  • JB says:

    Please retire all federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries and end their suffering.

  • Nancy Gathing says:

    Please retire all federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. They desperately deserve a better life!

  • Donna Ross says:

    Enough of this mad science is enough. Stop the animal cruelty now and retire these intelligent, precious beings to sanctuaries were they can enjoy the rest of their lives living free from nonsense science and cruelty from those who have no heart!!!

  • Soni Davidow says:

    It is not our place to inflict such cruelty and suffering. Stop the inhumanity and retire these poor souls already.

  • Mary Catherine Epatko says:

    Please retire the chimps to sanctuaries. They have suffered enough.

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  • Sharon Reynolds says:

    These animals are intelligent animals with feelings similar to us. They deserve to be treated with loving kindness, not torture as a way of life. So, please free all the animals from any more of what they have been subjected to. Thank you for your understanding and compassion.

  • Mary Gutierrez says:

    Stop testing on chimpanezees (and all animals)!!! Retire the existing chimps to sanctuaries and stop spending my tax dollars on animal cruelty!!!

  • Ya *** Shih says:

    Animal testing should be stopped.

  • Denise says:

    Please stop experimenting on chimpanzees. Let us all move forward to a more humane from all animal testing!

  • Lisa Ann Kelly & Family says:

    This removing of chimpanzees to sanctuaries is long overdue. My family and I urge NIH to do the right thing by these long-suffering primates and move them to where they can live out their days in happier and healthier environments.

  • william toner says:

    The time is now to retire all federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

  • Maurice duQuesnay says:

    It takes the worst form of human arrogance to assume animals should be used as expermental subjects. This is one of the great illusions of scientists who always pride themselves as free from illusions and superstitions. The suffering of these chimpanzees leaves a stigma on science, which will not soon be dissolved. And to the extent that the Federal Government finances these holocausts means that they share equal guilt in this horrendous affair.

  • Flory DeVoe says:

    Please leave these poor animals alone!!!!!!!!!! This is very cruel!!!!! They have suffered enough. It is time for them to have a decent life and enjoy it like most of us do. Don’t forget that they feel pain and anxiety like us. There is no different between a human and an animal. We are all equal. I don’t think we would like this kind of treatment. Think about it and have a heart. Thank you.

  • Randi Vincent says:

    Please stop causing unnecessary harm to these sentient beings. It is not needed and these are deplorable acts to creatures that have emotions and feel pain just as we do.

  • Bonnie Dugan says:

    Please retire ALL chimpanzies as these poor creatures have had enough hell. Thank you…..

  • Burtha says:

    If not now, when?

  • James Rea says:

    All chimpanzees should be freed and retired and all funding to any institute using tax dollars for expirmental or research purposes should be cut. It is barbaric to treat helpless animals this way unnecessarily. Animals have feelings and feel pain and suffering the same as humans do. All animals shoild be treated humanely. Animals cannot express their thanks in words but I have seen gratitude in their eyes when their suffering is relieved.

  • johnny cat says:

    I implore you to immediately take the necessary steps to release all primates still used for cruel and unnecessary experimentation or held in captivity. We are the greatest country on earth; should we not lead the way in compassion for those who cannot speak for themselves?

  • James Rea says:

    All chimpanzees should be retired and funding to any institute using tax dollars for expirmental or research purposes should be cut. It is barbaric to treat helpless animals this way unnecessarly. Animals have feelings and feel pain same as humans. All animals should be treated humanely. Animals cannot express thanks in words, but I have seen gratitude in their eyes when their suffering is relieved.