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Research Watchdog Organization Releases MD Anderson Chimp Research Report; Continued use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical Research Questioned

For Immediate Release
Monday, May 07, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie
513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

HOUSTON, TX – SAEN, a national research watchdog organization is releasing a federal report which contains internal information from the MD Anderson research Center.

The NIH report reveals the high cost of housing and caring for chimpanzees in laboratories as well as the ages of the inmates. 100 chimps are currently housed at the MD Anderson facility, with 24 being wild caught animals. Estimated ages for many of the adults approach or exceed 40 years.

The second chimpanzee colony funded under the MD Anderson grant holds 73 chimps in Arizona.

The single-year cost for housing and caring for 173 chimps is an astounding $4.38 million dollars, or approximately $25,000 per chimpanzee per year. The chimps may bring another $4.4 million to MD Anderson in related funding.

“While this facility purports to be part of the national chimpanzee breeding program, virtually all of the females have had IUDs placed to prevent their breeding,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T. “It certainly appears that MD Anderson and the NIH have a very expensive colony of chimps on their hands which are virtually unused in research. These chimpanzees should be retired to a sanctuary immediately.”

The 60 page government report is available upon request.

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