Enforce Retirement Guidelines and More Sanctuaries for Lab Chimpanzees

Target: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Goal: Create stricter guidelines and sanctuaries for chimpanzee retirement

Today, there are over 900 chimpanzees in laboratories. Only 10-20% of them are actually being used in active research. The rest are held captive in cramped laboratory cages simply for financial gain. Please ensure that these intelligent creatures are allowed to retire in safe sanctuaries where they can spend the rest of their lives in peace.

Take Billy Jo as an example. He lived in a laboratory for 14 years, enduring 289 dart shots filled with anesthetics. He has suffered through HIV infections, liver biopsies, and many more horrific acts, which, in the end, had no benefit to human welfare or scientific knowledge. Years of psychological, emotional, and physical torture made him sick and depressed. He was finally rescued when the laboratory veterinarian realized that Billy Jo could not take any more suffering.

However, there are many more chimpanzees that are not as “lucky.”  When Billy Jo was finally rescued and put in a sanctuary, he lived there happily for 9 years – waving at visitors, creating artwork, eating fruits, and enjoying the freedom that he never had before. Chimpanzees are highly intelligent and emotional living beings that deserve the freedom and right to live in a safe, healthy, and happy environment. Please ensure that these laboratory chimpanzees are given a fair retirement and safe haven.


Dear Kathleen Sebelius,

The laboratory chimpanzee Billy Jo was drugged, contracted HIV infections, suffered through liver biopsies, endured 289 dart shots filled with anesthetics, and many more horrific acts. There are over 900 others in similar conditions that are not as “lucky” as Billy Jo. They spend almost all their lives in laboratories when they should be legally forced into retirement and live in sanctuaries specially designed for them.

If these laboratory chimpanzees are not actively used in research, scientists are legally obligated to retire them into sanctuaries but almost none of them get that opportunity. Instead, almost 80-90% of these 900 chimpanzees are currently not in use for active research. They are held in these laboratories for no more than financial gain. These intelligent beings are known to create art, express deep emotions, communicate with humans, and many more actions similar to human beings. Billy Jo was sick and depressed after 14 years of torture in the laboratory. Please do not let this happen to more chimpanzees. They are beautiful creatures that deserve their freedom. Ensure that stricter guidelines and sanctuaries are created for chimpanzee retirement.


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Photocredit: Chi King via Flickr

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  1. After they serve us with unspeakable, forced tortures and experiments, we owe them a happy retirement.

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