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NIH Suspends Funding for Chimpanzee Experiments

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 15, 2011

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 December 15, 2011:

Just hours after the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced the findings of its long-awaited report on the scientific validity of experiments on chimpanzees, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which commissioned the report, announced that it was suspending funding for any new experiments on chimpanzees. All currently funded experiments on chimpanzees will be re-evaluated, and funding for many may end.

You may remember that we testified at the IOM committee’s hearing on the issue last summer. The committee listened to us and to the scientists who testified and concluded that “most current biomedical research use of chimpanzees is not necessary.

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NIH had originally commissioned the study in response to the outcry from PETA and other animal protection groups when the agency tried to pull more than 200 chimpanzees out of retirement at the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico and send them back to laboratories. PETA, politicians, and other animal advocates stopped the move, and now, none of the chimpanzees at Alamorgordo, or any other NIH-owned chimpanzees not currently enrolled in experiments, can be used pending a further review by NIH.

This may well be the beginning of the end of chimpanzee experimentation. However, until these experiments are permanently banned, hundreds of chimpanzees are still in peril, which is why it remains vital that Congress pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would phase out the use of all chimpanzees in invasive experiments and permanently retire more than 600 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries, where they could live in peace at last. You can help by clicking here to urge your congressional representatives to pass this groundbreaking law and end the use of all great apes in experiments.

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  • thomas moore says:

    Thank you NIH.

  • minouchkeen says:


  • Beatriz Lavagnino says:

    This is terrible, it has to stop, I can NOT believe how cruel we humans are. We expect to have our rights heard but we disrespect animals big or small. PLEASE DO SOMETHING!!! Thank you, Beatriz

  • Jacky says:

    At last you people are beginning to realise that animals cannot be treated in this way. The have faces, hearts, feelings,emotions and a soul, show yours!

  • tiziana says:

    This cruelty has to stop Tiziana Italia

  • Denyse David says:

    I hope that people will realise how close we are to all animals. We should not make them suffer and we humans should realise that by destroying animals and there ecosystemes we are destroying are own self and are beautifull home ” Mother earth ”

  • debbie salem says:

    Animals should be loved and not hurt , cared for and not skinned alive , fed and not eaten and above everything else protected from brutality since the only way they can speak is through our voices and growing awareness .

  • rosemary packard says:

    Thank God there is no more funding. This has to stop.

  • Snowys Dream says:

    i am wondering, it says no NEW experiments and Current ones, well what about those that they have previously used?

  • Tanja Marcijan says:

    C,est verite. Nous ne neccesons pas utiliser les animaux pour ces experiances cruelles. Il y a assez de methodes autres pour eprouver les medicaments (par exemple: les methodes le messure de components par microscope……). Bravo et je soutiens cette action!

  • Lioba Multer says:

    Great job, PETA!

  • bluetick donna says:

    Genetics has shown we are closer genetically to an ear of corn then to one of the great apes. So, why would we continue to use them as research subject for human medical purposes?

  • Mimi says:

    Experimenting on Great Apes does not cure a disease. For example the comment about sickle cell anemia, after working in the medical field I talked with patients who reversed theirs by a change of diet. Needing more Iron, Magnesium they turned to foods first and guess what they did it they in a sense medicated themself. I knew other patients who relied on the drugs and refused to change their diet and guess what they became even sicker. I reversed my Crohn’s disease completely by changing my diet. I refused to take Steroids and this god awful other drug with horrendous side effects. So someone in a white lab coat behind closed doors who holds a Master’s Degree tells all of us without Chimpanzees or Apes we would all perish and die. What happens when Chimpanzees become extinct as well as Apes, Orangutans? They are now being listed as an endangered species. Not one researcher responded to this question I posted on every website I found asking them to convince me as to why I should support animal research….If you live to eat then you make a choice to become un healthy, If you Eat To Live your odds have increased dramatically to live a longer healthier lives. There is no moderation in animal research, there are no moderate drugs, and there are no moderate ways to say animal research is acceptable if you happen to become sick. If Chimpanzees are so much like us why do they rarely if ever contract our diseases? I came across an article that read we basically start to die the minute we are born… Prevention at the early age is the best shot you will ever have. For example: If there are foods that cause cancer or diabetes don’t eat those foods. If smoking causes stroke, heart disease, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs instead fuel your body with health. There are studies that have shown what the mother ingests during her pregnancy can have an effect on the fetus before and after birth. Food for Thought…..

  • carrotjuice says:

    huge huge milestone…I have faith this is a beginning to an end!

  • animal lover says:

    Animals should never be tormented . That is way i DO NOT EAT MEAT. It is wonderful tHAT THESE GREAT APES are going to live peacefully. Apes are great. That is way they are called Great Apes.

  • Lyne F. says:

    Important victory, but I am afraid government and corporations will use private laboratories in North America and other countries to do their dirty deeds.

  • greatjob says:

    This one time, I was really sick with sickle cell anemia, but because some doctors researched on gorillas, I can live. Research within moderation until stem cell is completely backed and funded.

  • Carol Hanson says:

    Now for the rest of the animals currently being used for “research”!

  • Lisa says:

    I am so happy to read this. This is a victory for humane treatment of all animals. Its a start.

  • Rat King says:

    Thank you so much for putting my angry statement here! The problem is that I’m much afraid that a special bill concerning one species alone could minimize the chance of others! This bill should at least include ALL PRIMATES and dogs and cats! Later it should be expanded to ALL MAMMALS and finally all animals! Like this a success is really granted! Sorry – I didn’t want to sound harsh but for example should PETA ask to stop the transport of ALL animals to laboratories – not just primates and so on – you know what I mean! Anyhow – I think we all want absolutely the same: a complete stop of ALL animal abuse and vivisection! Thank you Peta – for your endeavour for the just cause! Yesterday was not my day – I’m always yours!

  • [email protected] says:

    Oh how great is this! We need to work on all Vivisection-dogs etc. I agree…..even rats! Check out ARME, They support NO Vivesection-rescue lab Beagles…mostly used since they are so docile, and they cut their vocal cords too….we need to stop all of this.There are enough simulators etc so they can be used for testing and practice!

  • Rat King says:

    If the chimp, the closest relative to man is no role model for experimentation, why should then other animals be a role model? This first place of saving a species belongs to the dog – who saves human lives during catastrophes! I’m outraged about this continuous favoring of the chimp! TAKE OUT AAAAALLLLL ANIMALS from vivisection: cats – dogs – rats – horses – cows – sheeps – pigs etc. etc. etc. I don’t tolerate any kind of speciesism here! Is it because Jane Goodall is telling around that people should eat goats instead of chimps? If Peta is honest – you shall put this here online and I shall renew my membership for 2012! I only support animal rights organizations which support ALL animals against vivisection!