US Government Promises To Retire All Research Chimpanzees
The National Institutes of Health promises to retire all of its research chimpanzees, ending biomedical experimentation on the species.By Bell Johnson | November 19, 2015
The National Institutes of Health says it is sending all of its chimpanzees designated for government research to sanctuaries, effectively ending federal biomedical research on the species.
The federal government's experimentation on primates has been surrounded by controversy for years.
After the release of a study in 2011 that looked into the effectiveness of biomedical research on chimps, the agency promised to retire all but 50 of its chimps — those not involved in research needed for future projects.