End the Use of Chimps in Research

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Originally Posted: 5 March 2009

End the Use of Chimps in Research

From The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

On March 4 2009, "Nightline" (ABC) aired the story of the more than 300 chimpanzees at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana. The footage of NIRC was taken from a nine-month-long undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States.

Sign the online petition here: End the Use of Chimps in Research. Watch Our Video, Then Take Action

And/or contact your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor The Great Ape Protection Act.

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A nine-month-long undercover investigation by The HSUS has exposed the mistreatment of nearly 300 chimpanzees and other primates at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana. These chimps, living lives of deprivation and misery, are among the more than 1,000 chimps languishing in laboratories across the United States. Chimps, our closet genetic relative, are complex, social, and long-lived creatures. Many chimps currently warehoused in research facilities have lived for decades behind bars. Especially heartbreaking are stories of the 26 elder chimps at NIRC, who were taken from their mothers in the wild.

The Great Ape Protection Act has just been re-introduced in Congress. This legislation aims to end invasive research on the chimpanzees remaining in laboratories, retire the approximately 500 federally-owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuary (including the elder chimps at NIRC), and make the recent decision by the National Center for Research Resources (part of the National Institutes of Health) to stop funding the breeding of federally-owned chimpanzees permanent.


To see images of chimps in labs, visit our image gallery and to see federal documents validating abuse to chimps in labs, visit Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN).

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