HSUS: Help End Breeding of Chimpanzees for Research

May 16th, 2007 9:18 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 5/25/07, via the HSUS:

I am delighted to share some great news! Thanks in part to your action on behalf of chimpanzees in laboratories, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) announced on May 22 that “after careful review of existing chimpanzee resources, NCRR has determined that it does not have the financial resources to support the breeding of chimpanzees that are owned or supported by NCRR.”

This announcement means that there will no longer be any funding by NCRR to support breeding of chimpanzees for research. NCRR also indicated that it will honor commitments regarding the care and funding of the existing chimpanzee population, including approximately 500 NCRR-owned chimpanzees currently in research labs and 90 who are in a federal sanctuary for those no longer “needed” in biomedical research. While this doesn’t help the chimpanzees currently living in laboratories, it is a monumental decision and will spare some chimpanzees a life of up to 60 years in a laboratory.

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Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Help End Breeding of Chimpanzees for Research

Chimpanzees experience a range of emotions, including depression, anxiety, pain, distress and empathy. Their emotions and complex cognitive abilities make confinement of these animals in cages and their use in research highly questionable on ethical grounds. They are poor models for human disease because of biological differences, including in their immunology. Finally, chimpanzees are extremely expensive to keep in laboratories. Captive chimps can live to the age of 60, so any bred today could spend up to six decades living in labs—at taxpayer expense.

The current moratorium on the breeding of federally-owned and supported chimpanzees extends through the end of 2007. On May 22, the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) will meet to discuss, and potentially decide on, its renewal. Now is the time to let the Council and NCRR know that you do not want to see any taxpayer-funded breeding of chimpanzees for use in laboratories. The number of chimpanzees in labs could be reduced by halting the breeding of additional chimpanzees—a significant step in ultimately ending the cycle of chimpanzee research.

TAKE ACTION

Please take a moment to help by urging the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) to not only extend the moratorium beyond 2007, but to adopt this moratorium permanently to end the breeding of research chimps altogether.

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