Chimps Get a Reprieve

Paws Up!
To the National Institutes of Health for allowing the Alamogordo chimpanzees to stay put while a study is conducted to determine if they should be used in biomedical research.

According to a news source, “A controversial plan to resume biomedical testing on semiretired, government-owned research chimpanzees living in Alamogordo, N.M., has been put on hold after the intervention of New Mexico politicians and a trio of U.S. senators.


Photo by Kevin Rohr

“The National Institutes of Health announced…that it would keep the 186 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility instead of transferring them to a San Antonio research center while the National Academy of Sciences determines whether chimps are still needed in biomedical research.

“The chimps, the oldest of which is 53, have been infected with HIV, hepatitis C and other viruses, undergone liver biopsies and been anaesthetized repeatedly, but they have been spared from testing for a decade or more.”

Animal testing has been proven more and more unreliable as a determinant for human reaction to drugs, household products, toxins, and various medical procedures. This reprieve for the 186 chimpanzees at Alamogordo also may signal a reprieve for other primates. The Institute of Medicine will conduct an in-depth analysis to reassess the need for the continued use of chimpanzees in animal-related testing.

Take Action: Write the National Institutes of Health urging the agency to discontinue testing on chimpanzees. Let them know you support alternatives to animal testing, alternatives that are more reliable and better predictors of how humans will react to various substances and procedures.

Dr. Francis S. Collins
National Institutes of Health
9000 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20892
Tele. No.: 301-496-4000
TTY 301-402-9612


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