Activate for Animals | July 2018

Urgent: Chimps must be moved to sanctuary

Activate for Animals

Bring Them Home!

Nearly 270 NIH-owned and -supported chimpanzees are still waiting to be moved from laboratories to their rightful, retirement home, Chimp Haven. Most have literally waited a lifetime for a chance at sanctuary. But now these labs want to deny the chimps of what they so deserve, and NIH is poised to bow to their pressure.

At this critical moment, we need to raise our voices in their defense and tell NIH to send all chimpanzees to ‘real’ retirement at Chimp Haven.

Only a sanctuary can provide the specialized care that animals need to heal and find peace. Yet NIH has continually failed to ensure that these animals are moved to Chimp Haven and, in fact, has allowed labs to roadblock these efforts.

Every chimpanzee has the right to know sanctuary life!

Tell NIH to send all government-owned and –supported chimpanzees to their rightful home at Chimp Haven. Deadline to submit comments is August 10!


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