Send Imprisoned Research Chimpanzees to a Sanctuary

Buckshire chimps in lab cages.

Target: Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

Goal: Retire research chimpanzees to a suitable sanctuary.

Despite having ended experiments on their chimpanzees, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has yet to send these animals to a sanctuary. Following a long and fervent campaign by animal advocacy groups and the ForceChange community, the NIH recently announced that they would stop testing on chimpanzees. Despite this announcement, these intelligent and sociable animals are still behind bars in the government’s laboratories.

While it is a huge relief that these chimps will no longer have to endure painful experiments, they remain caged in solitary confinement in the institutes’ testing centers. Much like us, chimps are highly sociable animals, forming strong bonds with their mates and caring for their offspring for years. In the wild, chimpanzees are very active, spending their days in the treetops. Clearly, these intelligent beings do not belong in labs, shut into solitary and barren cages, where they suffer from loneliness, boredom, and distress.

Moreover, chimpanzees are genetically similar to humans. In fact, they share 98 percent of our genes. In light of this, how can it be acceptable to sequester them in cages and deny them all form of pleasure or freedom to express natural behaviors? A small number of the chimps owned by the NIH have been sent to a suitable sanctuary in Louisiana, but the majority of them remained trapped. Many have even died while waiting to be freed. These innocent animals deserve to experience peace and companionship after years of abuse.

Please join us in reminding the National Institutes of Health that we haven’t forgotten about their experimental victims. Sign this petition to urge them to retire all their chimpanzees now.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Collins,

While I’d like to thank you for taking the laudable decision of ending experiments on the chimpanzees in your care, it has emerged that most of them are still confined in government laboratories. Despite no longer being of medical use to the NIH, these animals have yet to be sent to accredited sanctuaries.

While a handful of chimps have been released to a sanctuary’s care, many more are still waiting to experience the freedom, companionship, and peace they so deserve. It has surfaced that many of the animals waiting to be retired have died.

Chimps are highly sociable animals who form strong bonds with their companions and are very active in the wild. In light of these intelligent animals sharing much of our genetic makeup, how can it be acceptable to keep them sequestered in labs? After suffering years of distressing and painful experiments, these chimps should not be confined to barren cages.

Please take urgent steps to retire all of the chimpanzees in the NIH’s care to accredited sanctuaries so that they may live out their remaining years in peace.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. SANCTUARY FOR THEM NOW.

  2. LAST INFANTILE AND GREED SCUM – NOT DESERVES TO LIVE WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES – GET RIDDEN BY YOUR GUILT!

    Stop & pursue this deformity – instantly!

    Not humane than barbaric idiots! Or not?

    YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENT: EARN WHAT YOU HAVE SOWED – BUT A LOT MORE

  3. Britne' Sumpter says:

    They are liers they are still testing behind closed doors. If they are really done testing it wouldn’t be such a problem to remove the animals.

  4. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

    • Sharon Frieh Rudd says:

      Sarah, Thank you! You are 100% correct! I am praying, non-stop, for a world-wide vegan awakening. – Sharon Rudd

  5. Chimps are over 60 percent OUR human DNA..they feel, they hurt,they feel TERROR …same as humans…then why not take prisoners and do the same….ahhhhh human rights u say…..well where is the chimps rights …idiots.

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