Captive chimp news

A collection of articles, editorials, and reports on chimpanzee policy issues...

Has U.S. biomedical research on chimps come to an end?, Science Insider, August 18, 2015 -- David Grimm reports that no labs have applied for a permit to conduct invasive research on chimpanzees in the United States, as required by a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule. 

Chimps still stuck in research labs despite promises of retirement, CNN, February 7, 2015 -- John Bonifield and Elizabeth Cohen report that NIH says it will be "years" before chimpanzees can go to sanctuary, while the chimps age and die in the laboratories.

Research on chimpanzees: Should retired government chimps go to sanctuaries or stay in labs?, Slate, September 26, 2014 -- Keith O'Brien explains why the retired federal research chimpanzees are not going to sanctuaries -- as we all had hoped they would -- after the government stopped funding the research programs.

Top pharmaceutical company stops chimpanzee use in research, Humane Society announcement, January 30, 2014 -- HSUS announces that Merck has joined the growing list of top companies that will pursue alternative research methods.


Retirement secured for chimpanzees, New York Times, November 27, 2013 -- James Gorman reports that President Obama signed the legislation lifting the cap on spending for retired research chimpanzees in sanctuary. 

Senate sends bill that includes Chimp Haven provisions to President Obama, Washington Post, November 15, 2013 -- This Associated Press items announces that legislation removing the $30 million cap on sanctuary funding is lifted. NIH can now direct more money to taking care of retired research chimpanzees living in sanctuary. 

Spending standoff keeps NIH chimps in lockdown, Roll Call, October 25, 2013 -- Kerry Young explains how Congress is screwing up plans to retire the research chimps to sanctuary.

NIH to cut back on chimp research, The Scientist Magazine, June 26, 2013 -- Chris Palmer looks past the self-congratulations of chimp advocacy groups to explain some of the finer points of the NIH decision.

Yerkes grudging in its response to phase-out of chimp research, Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, February 27, 2013 -- Blog post reveals Yerkes' cynical disdain for the health and welfare of its chimpanzees.

NIH told to retire most research chimpanzees, Nature, January 23, 2013 - Meredith Wadman reports on the Council on Councils recommendations to retire all but 50 federally-owned chimpanzees.

Humane Society of the United States contributes $500,000 to construct sanctuary space at Chimp Haven, HSUS, December 18, 2012 - The problem with relocating the retired federal chimps was lack of built space. We needed groups like HSUS to step up to the plate, and HSUS did it magnificently!

NIH plans to relocate its chimpanzees from New Iberia to the Federal Sanctuary System, NIH, December 18, 2012 - Probably the best news for chimpanzees since the NIH announced its decision to stop using chimpanzees in research.

Update on relocation of chimpanzees, NIH Office of Research Infrastructure, September 21, 2012 - The National Institutes of Health provide an explanation of their plans for the 110 New Iberia chimpanzees. They include a helpful "frequently asked questions" section.

Group: Send all ex-research chimps to Chimp Haven, Associated Post/Shreveport Times, September 28, 2012 - Janet McConnaughey reports that while people call for the New Iberia chimps to be sent to Chimp Haven, that sanctuary lacks enough facilities to handle more than 20. Still, NAPSA says other sanctuaries can take 75 chimps (even though none are accredited subcontractors, as required under federal regulations).

NIH moves to retire 110 research chimpanzees, Washington Post, September 21, 2012 - Brian Vastag reports that the National Institutes of Health will retire 110 of its 563 research chimpanzees over the next year. All of the chimps will be moved from the infamous New Iberia Research Center, and made permanently ineligible for future research.

[Nevada] state senator to introduce bill to ban keeping wild animals as pets, Las Vegas Review Journal, July 16, 2012 - Kyle Potter reports that Sen. Michael Roberson (R-Las Vegas) will introduce a bill to prohibit Nevadans from keeping chimps, large wild cats, and other exotic animals as pets. Roberson said he had planned to pursue legislation even before chimps Buddy and CJ escaped from their cage in a residential area. (Buddy was shot and killed, and CJ will find a new life at Chimps, Inc., an Oregon sanctuary.) 

Era of chimp research ends at controversial Maryland lab, Washington Post, June 29, 2012 - Brian Vastag reports that Bioqual ends it chimpanzee research program, and sends its chimps to New Iberia Research Center where they will be "available" for more research. 

Chimpanzee testing: Is it the beginning of the end?, PBS NewsHour, May 11, 2012 - Miles O'Brien provides an incisive report on the chimp testing in the U.S., and shows the possibilities for sanctuary at Chimp Haven.

Chimpanzee bill receives first hearingNature News Blog, April 25, 2012 - Helen Thompson gives an excellent overview of the background and issues of the Great Ape Protection Act following a hearing in Senate.

Should chimpanzee have moral standing? An interview with Frans deWaal, PLoS Blog, March 27, 2012 - In this interview by Liza Gross, deWaal explains why chimps should not be subjected to bioinvasive research, while he maintains that he should be able to keep chimps in scientific facilities for his own behavioral research.

NIH expects to have new policies for research using chimpanzees next year, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, March 16, 2012 - Alex Philippidis describes how NIH will use its new working group to advise on implementation of the IOM recommendations. 

Protecting chimpanzees from Hollywood and extinction, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Feb 25, 2012 - Student fellow Mitch Caudill pens an objective review of the issues at stake in the upcoming decision about endangered species status.

Chimp History, KOAT News, Feb 19, 2012 - In less than 4 minutes, the KOAT news team interviews Laura Bonar and gives a beautiful report on the ugly truth of chimpanzee research in Alamogordo.

Chimps recover from scientific research at sanctuary, KOAT News, Feb 19, 2012 - The continuation of "Chimp History," the KOAT news team interviews Jen Feuerstein at Save the Chimps, and shows the recovery process for the Alamogordo chimps.

Ken and Rosie: Inside chimpanzee research lab, NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams, Jan 30, 2012 - Lisa Myers reports on debate over invasive medical research. Absolutely must see.

Congress can put a stop to use of chimpanzees in biomedical research, The Hill, Jan 10, 2012 - Drs. Jennifer Leaning and David Wiebers, both from the Humane Society, provide the most succinct and persuasive arguments I've read for the Great Ape Protection Act. The fact that The Hill is delivered to Congressional offices makes this op-ed especially important.  

End invasive chimp research, letter to the editor of the Austin [TX] Statesman, Jan 3, 2012 - Dr. John Pippin points out that not one of the vaccines for HIV or hepatitis C, developed using chimpanzees, has ever proved effective in humans.

Elevation of the Chimp May Reshape Research, New York Times, December 19, 2011 - Science reporter James Gorman discusses the implications of NIH funding decisions -- in the wake of the IOM report -- on the future of chimps in laboratories.

Chimps: Life in the Lab, a three-part McClatchy special report, using records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request (and lawsuit) by In Defense of Animals.

NIH accused of dishonesty over chimp research plans, Wired, December 2, 2011 - Spectacularly tone-deaf or cynical double-dealing? The NIH approved funding of controversial chimp research plan before their advisory committee issues its recommendations.

Breeding contempt, Nature, November 23, 2011 - This editorial is a profound indictment of the federal government approach to chimpanzee research, its utter failure to respond to public and scientific concerns, and its inability to enforce the laws under which the primate centers operate.

Stop wasting tax dollars on chimp abuse, McClatchy, November 22, 2011 - Eric Kleiman, from In Defense of Animals, writes a hard-hitting op-ed on NIH's propaganda campaign on chimpanzee research.

New Iberia's baby chimps, bred illegally,
are born to a life in research

Lab bred chimps despite ban, Nature, November 21, 2011 - The country's largest chimpanzee research center admits to reporter Meredith Wadman that 137 baby chimpanzees have been born to federally owned animals under their care since 2000, despite a federal ban.

A second life for retired chimps, Wired Science, November 14, 2011 - If the U.S. stops research on chimpanzees, they will need homes. Brandon Keim visits Chimp Haven sanctuary.

Hepatitis C: the last chimpanzee research battleground, Wired Science, November 14, 2011 -  Brandon Keim explores whether chimpanzees are still an appropriate model for the decades-long effort to find a Hep C vaccine.

Leading U.S. primate lab accused of illegal chimp breeding, Wired Science, November 14, 2011 - In another of his series of chimpanzee articles, Brandon Keim reports on the Humane Society's troubling allegations against New Iberia Research Center. Equally troubling is the reported NIH response.

Chimps' days in labs may be dwindling, New York Times, November 14, 2011 - James Gorman reports from New Iberia Research Center, which conducts bioinvasive research on chimpanzees and other primates, and interviews Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States.

Chimps may be out as lab animals, pets, Seattle Times, November 11, 2011 -  Scripps' Lisa Hoffman writes a short explanation of the Department of Interior's Fish & Wildlife Service consideration of endangered species listing.

Ban chimp testing, Scientific American, September 21, 2011 - The nation's premiere scientific publication editorializes that it is time to end invasive biomedical research on chimpanzees.


Should captive-bred chimpanzees have full Endangered Species Act protection?, Scientific American, September 7, 2011 - John Platt reports on Fish & Wildlife Service's chimp status review, calling it a move that is "probably long overdue."  

Chimpanzee research an endangered species as experts debate usefulness, ethics, Washington Post, August 13, 2011 -  Brian Vastag reports on the Institutes of Medicine consideration of chimps in research, pointing out that drug companies are foregoing chimp studies.

Specific Image Characteristics Influence Attitudes about Chimpanzee Conservation and Use as Pets, Plos, July 2011 - This study by Lincoln Park Zoo's Steve Ross and colleagues provides “good scientific evidence, from a large cross-section of the country, that the welfare of chimpanzees in the wild and in captivity are put in jeopardy by inappropriate and inaccurate portrayals,” he says.

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