NIH Report Advises End to Most Chimp Studies Supported by the Agency

January 22, 2013

Sixteen research projects that use chimpanzees will face closure over the next few years if the National Institutes of Health accepts the recommendations of an internal working group's report, released on Tuesday. The vast majority of the 360 research chimpanzees owned by the NIH should be retired and transferred to federal sanctuaries, the report advises. While not all of those projects will be discontinued right away—indeed, there are few shelters or funds available today to support the apes' retirement—their end must come soon, it says.