NIH Vowed to Move Its Research Chimps from Labs, But Only 7 Got Safe Haven in 2015
Nearly three years after the National Institutes of Health announced that hundreds of chimpanzees held for invasive medical experiments would be retired to a sanctuary, relatively few have been so lucky. Only seven made the trip in all of 2015.
Where Chimpanzees Go to Retire
In 2013, a federal law retired all chimpanzees at the National Institutes of Health from lab testing. Chimp Haven was founded to respond to the need for long-term chimpanzee care. Located on 200 acres of forested land near Shreveport, La., the sanctuary is home to more than 200 chimps who get to roam free and spend their days as it suits them.
How Chimpanzees Can Teach Us All to Be More Human
I have met many chimpanzees over the years, but my chimpanzee family since 2008 has been the seven chimpanzees at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Washington State.
Doing What Light Does
Dr. Theodora Capaldo is Chief Executive Officer of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), a not-for-profit founded in 1895 whose mission is “ending the use of animals in research, testing, and science education and replacing them with modern alternatives that are ethically, humanely, and scientifically superior.” Here, Theo talks about how she brings psychology to NEAVS’ national and international animal protection programs.
Chimp Finds Comfort in Troll Dolls After Years of Being a Research Animal
A chimpanzee that suffered from the trauma of being a research animal has found comfort in an unexpected source: a troll doll.
Chimp Haven to Expand as Federal Chimpanzee Research Program Closes
Queenie stands on a post at least 20 feet from the ground, stretches her left arm, and firmly catches a piece of watermelon mid-air. She’s a retired research chimpanzee, as are so many of Chimp Haven’s more than 200 residents, and the facility will soon have even more animals calling the Keithville sanctuary home.
Will Elderly Chimps ‘Retire in Place’ with MD Anderson?
When the National Institutes of Health announced they would no longer support biomedical research on chimpanzees and that all federally owned chimps would be retired to sanctuaries, animal rights advocates hailed the move, but it’s left behind feelings of anxiety at the Keeling Center, Texas’ major chimpanzee research facility and one of the largest in the country.
Pictures Show Foxie the Former Laboratory Chimp Mothering Troll Dolls…
A chimpanzee who was used for medical trials and had all her babies taken away from her has adopted two children’s toys as though they are her own offspring.
NIH Promises to Retire all Research Chimps
The National Institutes of Health says it plans to retire all government research chimpanzees to sanctuaries, reversing its stance of many years. The NIH had said a set of chimps needed to be kept for future medical experimentation.
Former Lab Chimp Whose Babies Were Torn From Her Bonds With Troll Dolls
A chimpanzee that spent 32 years isolated in a lab is learning to heal with the help of troll dolls.
Chimp With Darkest Past Takes Comfort in Tiny Troll Doll
Foxie gave birth again and again, but all four of her babies, including a set of twins, were taken away from her just after being born.
Tattooed Monkey Finds Peace After a Lifetime of Suffering
After what had likely been a lifetime of suffering at the hands of people who viewed him as a mere commodity, a lonely Rhesus monkey named Andi is beginning to learn what it’s like to be at peace.