Monday, 1 July 2013

Retired Research Chimps Get Second Chance at Life

Plans announced this week by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to retire most of its 360 research chimpanzees introduces the question of where these chimps will go. The answer has yet to be determined.

Regardless, the plan promises to offer more autonomy to these intelligent animals.

This monumental decision toend NIH-funded chimpanzee research was made in response to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report assessing the necessity of continuing to subject human's closest living relative to the regimented lifestyle of experimental study.

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