Chimpanzees Trapped in Concrete Lab Cages Must be Retired to Proper Sanctuary

Target: Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, President, University of Louisiana System

Goal: Save chimpanzees from being confined to a concrete laboratory cage and retire animals to an ethical sanctuary.

Two chimpanzees have spent their entire lives living in the confines of concrete walls. We need to take action to ensure these animals are immediately retired to a proper sanctuary.

The chimpanzees allegedly once endured extremely painful experiments, such as having wires inserted into their bodies. Although laboratory experiments are no longer being done on Hercules and Leo, the university that owns them still refuses to retire the animals to a proper sanctuary. Ironically, they will be returned to the New Iberia Research Center where one employee reportedly hit a monkey with a pipe and smacked another infant monkey in the head.

Primatologist Jane Goodall and the rest of the NhRP (Nonhuman Rights Project), an organization that has been fighting to get these animals legal rights, are doing everything in their power to make sure the chimpanzees are placed in a more natural environment so that they will not have to endure such horrific abuse. Join Jane Goodall and the NhRP in their fight and demand these chimpanzees be immediately released to a suitable sanctuary. These animals have been forced to serve science long enough. They deserve to live out the rest of their lives simply being chimpanzees.


Dear President Woodley,

New Iberia Research Center has allowed experiments to be performed on two chimpanzees for a majority of their lives. Since the animals are no longer being used for scientific purposes, they should be retired to a proper sanctuary.

Considering that chimpanzees are our closest relatives, it is unconscionable that they are still being forced to spend their days and nights staring at concrete walls. While you may believe that releasing these animals could eventually lead to all animals being set free, the NhRP is specifically requesting that the chimpanzees be rehomed because of how closely related they are to us. Furthermore, since the research center that owns the animals has had to pay almost $60,000 for past violations, these chimpanzees should not have to continue living at the facility.

It is time they be allowed to retire so that they may live out the rest of their lives seeing sunlight instead of metal bars and wires. I therefore encourage you to immediately place these animals in a reputable sanctuary. Leo and Hercules have served the human race for almost a decade. It’s high time we show some compassion and cater to their needs, instead.


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Photo Credit: Hatem Moushir

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  1. Nature treats back now ?
    Time totallyhas changed now
    So Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now ?

  2. Shelli Schmidt says:

    The research lab has a few more drops of blood to squeeze out of Hercules and Leo & they want to continue looking like 1st class creeps. Just how much in fines are these places allowed to accumulate or is it just go for broke?!


  4. These poor chimps have been being held because new Iberia wants to have a pissing contest with animal advocates who want the animals to b sent to sanctuary. Really are these people adults???? Come on folks!! Let the chimps retire to a sanctuary and new Iberia and animal activist can keep piss on each other. Leave those poor guys who have spent a life time in captivity out of your stupid conflicts! Please be the intelligent adults we hope you can b!!!!!

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