NEAVS is overjoyed to report that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has decided to send ALL NIH OWNED CHIMPANZEES TO SANCTUARY! This is an important and heart warming reversal of NIH's previous decision to retire its chimpanzees but to keep "50 in reserve" for possible future need.
NIH added that its funding for privately owned chimpanzees will end! NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, explained:
"I think this is the natural next step of what has been a very thoughtful five-year process of trying to come to terms with the benefits and risks of trying to perform research with these very special animals,” Collins said in an interview with Nature. “We reached a point where in that five years the need for research has essentially shrunk to zero."
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For the animals,
Theodora Capaldo, EdD