Louisiana is the Key to Saving Chimpanzees
Louisiana has a special connection to chimpanzees because it’s home to Chimp Haven, a sanctuary caring for hundreds of chimpanzees who have been retired from research. Although it has the space and resources to welcome more chimpanzees, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is refusing to send about 40 chimps currently languishing at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico to Chimp Haven.
For decades, NIH spent tens of millions annually on cruel and unnecessary experiments on chimpanzees. Faylene and the other Alamogordo chimpanzees were infected with HIV, Hepatitis C and other human illnesses, and endured liver biopsies and other painful procedures. Although NIH announced in 2015 that it would retire all government-owned chimpanzees from research, the agency continues to waste your tax dollars by keeping the chimps at APF, an outdated lab facility that cannot meet the chimpanzees’ complex behavioral needs. Further, the cost of care at APF is three times more expensive than at Chimp Haven.
Additionally, by refusing to send these animals to Chimp Haven, NIH is ignoring the CHIMP Act, a law directing the agency to retire all government-owned chimpanzees to Chimp Haven.
After all they have been through, the chimpanzees at APF deserve the chance to experience the normal life of a chimpanzee: building nests, living in large, mixed-sex social groups, and having greater choice about their day-to-day lives in a beautiful forested setting at Chimp Haven.
Please contact your Senators and Representative today and ask them to contact NIH Director Francis Collins to urge him to move the surviving Alamogordo chimpanzees to Chimp Haven.
Thank you for helping Faylene and the others—they all deserve sanctuary!