Five laboratory chimpanzees find new home at sanctuary
Nov 28, 2011
After spending decades in scientific laboratories, five elderly chimpanzees were brought to the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports.
The HSUS had urged the National Institutes of Health to send 26 wild-caught chimps to a sanctuary after it had discovered the poor conditions they were kept in at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana in a 2009 undercover investigation. The investigation found routine and unlawful mistreatment of the primates, resulting in a 108-page complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that alleged at least 338 possible violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at the research center, the news source reports.
Thanks to support from donors, the HSUS is donating $10,000 to Chimp Haven to help them care for the five chimps that they have taken in. Any donations made to the HSUS's Chimps Deserve Better Fund before November 30 will go toward this fund. Many of the chimps are also receiving quality veterinary care at the sanctuary to treat conditions they developed during their time in the labs.