National Institutes of Health Releases Plan to Retire All Government-Owned Chimpanzees

August 11, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has at last announced a strategy and timeline to retire all NIH-owned and supported chimpanzees who are now warehoused in laboratories. All the chimpanzees will go to the Chimp Haven sanctuary over the next decade. This follows pressure from Congress and more than 100,000 PETA supporters urging NIH to get these chimpanzees out of laboratories and to an accredited sanctuary. We will continue to push hard to get the NIH to move swiftly to send the animals to a sanctuary as soon as possible, as many are elderly and have never had a chance for a real life.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind