Boston, MA—June 20, 2006—Nearly three-fourths of the American public (71%) believes that a chimpanzee used for more than 10 years in research should be retired. Preliminary estimates of chimpanzees known to be held in U.S. labs show that approximately 90% (987 of the some 1,300) have been there for more than 10 years. Chimpanzees in captivity can live up to 60 years.
These and other poll results indicate that Americans continue to be concerned about the plight of chimpanzees in research. Other key findings include:
The survey was commissioned by Project R&R—a campaign dedicated to ending chimpanzee research in the U.S (releasechimps.org). Project R&R exposes the harm and suffering that chimpanzees endure in U.S. labs and the limited or even dangerous scientific results derived from their use. Seven countries have passed bans or limits on the use of great apes in research. Chimpanzees are the only great ape still used in biomedical research in the U.S., the sole remaining large scale user in the world.
About the survey: The independent survey was conducted by the Humane Research Council, a national consumer and market research company. In total, 1,678 U.S. adults age 18 and over completed the survey with valid responses—resulting in a margin of error of about +/- 2.4% at a 95% confidence level. "The survey was conducted online with controlled sample distribution using census-balanced weighting to ensure accurate representation of the U.S. adult population."