June 26, 2013.
At a momentous crossroads for chimpanzees, the sanctuary members of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) applaud two recent federal announcements affecting captive chimpanzees. NAPSA stands ready to partner with the National Institutes of Health to secure permanent homes for each federally owned chimpanzee.
Today the National Institutes of Health announced a significant reduction in the chimpanzee research it funds. It will be designating a majority of the federally owned chimpanzees for retirement. This decision comes on the heels of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement earlier this month proposing that all chimpanzees be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
NAPSA submitted a proposal to the NIH on May 24, 2013 outlining placement options and solutions for the entire federal chimpanzee population. No other group of organizations has precisely the type of expertise that is needed now to transition NIH’s chimpanzees to retirement, and we look forward to working with the NIH on this important shift.