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Originally Posted: June 1, 2012

Tell NIH to Release Chimpanzees From Laboratories

FROM Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)


Please fill in and submit the form below to tell the NIH to give chimpanzees like Flo the permanent retirement they deserve at suitable, cost-effective sanctuaries and re-focus their efforts on the development of more efficient, economical, and ethical research methods that will drive scientific innovation.

Sign an online petition:

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI)
[email protected]


Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
NIH Director
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 496-4000,
[email protected]


I understand that the National Institutes of Health is in the process of implementing the findings of the December 2011 Institute of Medicine report on the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. As a U.S. taxpayer and concerned citizen, I urge NIH to discontinue the financial support of projects involving invasive chimpanzee use and chimpanzee breeding, send all government-owned chimpanzees to appropriate sanctuaries, and support the further development of alternative research methods.

The results of the Institute of Medicine report along with the financial and ethical issues surrounding the use of chimpanzees in invasive research signal that the time has come to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive and harmful research. It is simply unwise to use limited research dollars on maintaining a population of chimpanzees, an endeavor that has proven to be unnecessary and ethically problematic.

Instead, federally-owned chimpanzees should be sent to a suitable sanctuary, like Chimp Haven in Louisiana, where their daily cost of care will be less than that at a laboratory.

Finally, NIH should be investing further in the development of alternative research methods, which will not only serve to ensure that these highly sentient animals are not used in harmful research, but will also help drive scientific innovation. 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!