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Too Frail To Retire? Humans Ponder The Fate Of Research Chimps

The retirement of research chimps has reached its endgame — and this final stage is proving to be unexpectedly challenging.

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Animal Sanctuaries: Jungle Friends

On 42 acres of land in Gainesville, Florida, Kari Bagnall has set up a refuge for monkeys. In total, roughly 300 residents rest in her care. Video at the link!

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Hundreds of Chimps at the NIH Await Retirement. This Senator Wants to Help

Senators Bill Cassidy and Tom Udall are trying to help hundreds of chimpanzees enjoy an easy retirement at Chimp Haven.

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New Life for Former Research Chimps

Under an agreement with University of Louisiana-Lafayette New Iberia Research Center (NIRC), Project Chimps, which is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, will soon be home to more than 200 chimps that have been retired from research. “What is different about their lives here than their lives in a research setting is they have more choices about where they go, what they do and who they associate with,” said Project Chimps spokeswoman Leslie Wade.

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How to Decide Whether Ailing Chimps Get Moved to a Sanctuary

The N.I.H. is deciding whether old, ill chimps formerly used in research should be moved to sanctuaries like Chimp Haven, or retire in place.

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Report: Most Former Research Chimps Should Move To Retirement Sanctuaries

Chimps owned by the National Institutes of Health should be moved from research facilities to retirement sanctuaries unless that relocation is “extremely likely” to shorten their lives, a report issued Friday says.

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Life Outside the Lab: Inside Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest sits at the base of a forested hill off Highway 10 in Cle Elum. The seven chimps in the sanctuary came here from a biomedical facility in Pennsylvania in 2008. All of them were used in labs to test hepatitis vaccines. Some started out as pets or were used in the entertainment industry, while others were captured in Africa when they were just babies.

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U.S. Chimp Retirement Gains Momentum, as Famed Pair Enters Sanctuary

After years of experiments, a protracted battle to grant them legal “personhood,” and a life spent bouncing between two scientific facilities, two of the world’s most famous research chimpanzees have finally retired. Hercules and Leo have arrived at Project Chimps.

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America Banned Research on Chimps – But Half of Them Still Live in Labs

In 2015, The National Institutes of Health made an announcement: It would no longer support invasive biomedical research on chimpanzees. But three years later, the NIH is still struggling to retire the more than 200 federally-owned chimps that remain in labs, to sanctuaries. This month, 10 years after the first chimps arrived there, Chimp Haven is celebrating a milestone: More than half the NIH chimps have made it into the sanctuary system. VICE News visited Chimp Haven to see what retirement looks like for the lucky half of America’s research chimps.

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Once Belonging to a Research Lab, Now Belonging to a Home

Director Noelle Almrud explains to KETK News how Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is building new enclosures in order to welcome more monkeys to the sanctuary.

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Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary Review – Cruelty, Survival and Plenty of Tears

A moving tale of mistreatment – from the chimpanzee infected with HIV in a lab to another kept locked in a garage for 15 years – with the presenter and keen animal lover.

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Lab Chimps Are Moving to Sanctuaries — Slowly

Medical experimentation on chimpanzees has ended, butmoving all of them into retirement will be a difficult task.

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