Ideally, chimpanzees would no longer be used in lab experiments at all.
Barring that, the ones who don’t die in the labs at least deserve to live the rest of their lives in sanctuaries.
Emory University’s federal Yerkes National Primate Research Center instead plans to give eight chimpanzees — Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Georgia, and Elvira—to Wingham Wildlife Park (WWP), an unaccredited zoo in the UK.
To move them, Yerkes needs a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
- Health risks: The chimps will be sedated, and anesthesia can be dangerous, even under the best of conditions. The extended transport time will also cause much stress and anxiety.
- Plans to breed: Yerkes has said the chimpanzees may be used in the future for breeding. There’s no need to increase the captive chimp population.
- Not accredited: Wingham Wildlife Park is not an accredited zoo and is held only to minimal standards of care, which are not what these animals deserve.
- Sanctuaries want them: Sanctuaries in the U.S. have offered to take them in. There’s no good reason for Yerkes to put their health and well-being at risk just to send them to a zoo in the UK.
Sample comment to FWS:
Please deny Emory University’s permit request for Yerkes National Primate Research Center to transport eight chimpanzees used in research to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited zoo in the UK.
Given the health risks involved in transporting chimpanzees so far, and the fact that Wingham is not an accredited zoo and has said it might breed them — after they’ve already given so much of their lives — it makes more sense to send these animals to one of the U.S. sanctuaries that has offered to take them.
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