feb 1st 2013
Let's Do This! No Chimp Left Behind
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In January, 2013, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-appointed panel of experts unanimously recommended steps that would lead to the retirement of most government-held chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries. While not a complete ban on chimpanzee research, it is an enormous step forward and represents a stunningly positive shift in philosophy for the NIH.
credit: Jacques Gillon, IDA Africa
We've never been this close to getting chimpanzees out of labs and we can't ease up now. But we want them ALL retired. No Chimp Left Behind!
The "Report from Council of Councils Working Group on Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research" recommended that almost all of the 451 chimpanzees "owned" or supported by the NIH who are now at research facilities should be permanently retired from research and moved to sanctuaries. This is great news!
However, the panel called for holding on to 50 chimpanzees – denying them the freedom the experts admit is ethically required – just to keep them available for experiments in the future. This is not acceptable, and goes against the growing scientific consensus that chimpanzee research simply is not necessary. And the panel failed to advocate for freeing the estimated 350 chimpanzees who are imprisoned and tortured in privately-operated laboratories.
Send an email to the Director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins. Tell him that while the Working Group recommendations are mostly positive, he needs to go further and retire all federally "owned" chimpanzees to a sanctuary. Then he needs to work with the U.S. Congress to free ALL chimpanzees from laboratories, not just those who are federally "owned."
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Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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As a supporter of In Defense of Animals (IDA) and a U.S. taxpayer, I am delighted to read that the NIH is considering retiring most of its chimpanzees from research laboratories to sanctuaries. I applaud you and the Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supporter Research for taking this important step.
But I'd like to ask you to please go a bit further - resolve once and for all the conflict between our nation's laudable ethical leadership, and our embarrassing status as the only country still conducting invasive research on chimpanzees. That we continue to experiment on chimpanzees is a blight on our country.
I ask that you accept the Working Group's recommendations, but reject the one recommendation that NIH maintain a colony of 50 chimpanzees for possible future research. There is neither scientific nor ethical justification to maintain a colony. As a taxpayer, I do not want to "own" chimpanzees for research anymore.
I also ask that you and the Council recommend the retirement to sanctuary of those chimpanzees who remain in private laboratories. I understand that since they are not under your jurisdiction, you are not able to render decisions about them, but a positive recommendation from your respected group would be an invaluable step to according them the freedom the NIH acknowledges they deserve. The actions you take now have the opportunity to ensure your position in history as one who played a pivotal role in the milestone of permanently freeing chimpanzees from research.
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