The end of biomedical research on U.S. chimps may imperil their wild brethren

Chimpanzee research was once done for the benefit of humans. Now, some researchers think it’s essential for saving the great apes.

The end of biomedical research on U.S. chimps may imperil their wild brethren

In the dense woods of Northeastern Louisiana, Penny, a 52-year-old chimpanzee, doesn’t let age discourage her – she’s an avid climber of the forest’s lofty conifers. After living for decades as a captive animal in a treeless laboratory, Penny was retired to Chimp Haven in 2011, a spacious sanctuary for retired laboratory chimpanzees. And Penny is hardly alone. She lives here with some 300 other chimpanzees, and after being federally emancipated from research colonies, hundreds more are on their way. Read More…

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