NIH to Retire All Chimpanzees From Laboratories

November 19, 2015

Following years of campaigns by PETA and other animal-advocacy groups, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its decision to retire all federally owned chimpanzees from laboratories and make plans for them to spend the rest of their lives in reputable sanctuaries. NIH previously had announced a much-criticized plan to keep 50 of the total 360 chimpanzees in laboratories indefinitely for potential future experimentation. NIH Director Francis Collins noted a “complete absence of interest” in experimentation on chimpanzees as the reason for the decision.

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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