Caged life and medical experimentation will soon be over for 109 chimpanzees. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a statement that these chimps will be retired from the New Iberia Research Center in Lafayette Louisiana. The chimps will be sent to Chimp Haven, a federal sanctuary. This comes after the news that only 10 were going to be retired and 99 were to be re-assigned to other labs.
The New England Anti-Vivisection Society has played a major role in getting the chimps to Chimp Haven. NEAVS has been involved with the fate through avocation and matching a $100,000 grant to help cover costs needed for construction to help accommodate the chimps. Their vision was to see the chimps allowed to live out the rest of their lives in a safe sanctuary.
NIH has a two phase plan to move the chimps -- moving half starting in January, taking about 6 months. The other half will be moved within 12 to 15 months.
There are currently 488 federally owned chimps held in biomedical labs. Hopefully this marks the beginning of getting all chimps out labs and into safe sanctuaries.
For more information on all programs, visit NEAVS.org and ReleaseChimps.org.
Photo credit: GermanGirl