Research Chimps Deserve to Retire!:
Target: NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins
Sponsored by: Brittany E.G.
A report recently released by a National Institute of Health council says that almost all of the 451 chimpanzees either owned or in the care of the NIH are at research institutions and should be permanently retired. In addition, they should be relocated to sanctuaries.
The report also includes required standards for the well-being of the chimpanzees. These include living in groups with a minimum of 7 chimpanzees, having space to climb, access to outdoors, having at least 1,000 square feet for each chimp, and being able to forage for food. As of now, no laboratories meet these standards.
Public comments for recommendations are open for 60 days; in March, the NIH director Dr. Francis S. Collins will decide which to implement. Please tell him to approve research chimp retirement and concentrate on the well-being of the chimpanzees.
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