Tell NIH: Chimpanzees Who Are “Retired” From The New Iberia Research Center Must Go To Sanctuaries, Not Other Labs
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that 110 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) would be “retired.” This is great news. However, only 10 of the chimpanzees will go to a sanctuary. The other 100 will be transferred to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) in San Antonio. TBRI has a record of poor primate care and was fined $25,714 by the USDA earlier this year for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
According to NIH, the 100 chimpanzees going to TBRI cannot be used for “invasive” research. But they will still be housed in a laboratory with a questionable reputation, rather than a sanctuary as Congress mandated when it passed The Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance and Protection Act (The CHIMP Act) in 2000.
For animals in laboratories, one of their greatest sources of anguish is the boredom, frustration and lack of ability to exercise their natural instincts. The 100 chimpanzees going to TBRI cannot be considered “retired” from medical research without the benefit of life in a sanctuary. The NIH needs to make sure that these 100 chimpanzees, and future retirees from research, go to sanctuaries, not other labs.
Dr. Francis Collins
Support H.R. 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act
Ask your Representative in Congress to support and co-sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359), a landmark federal bill that aims to protect elephants, tigers, bears and other wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling circuses.
If you’re contacted them before, DO IT AGAIN! Keep the pressure on.
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H.R. 3359 is necessary because no amount of expensive regulation will eliminate the serious threat circuses pose to public safety. Diseases including tuberculosis can be transmitted from animals to humans and animals such as lions, tigers and elephants have all been known to escape and have killed, maimed or injured circus workers, members of the public and children.
Regulation will not protect wild animals from a life of ongoing physical and social deprivation. Wild animals in traveling circuses endure confinement, long, grueling journeys, brutal control methods and physical violence.
Investigations have revealed circus animals are trained through domination using weapons including bullhooks, whips and electric shocking devices.
H.R. 3359 is an important animal protection measure that will relieve an enormous amount of suffering, will save resources and protect people.