When you think about it…retiring some while squeezing others doesn’t make sense.

New policy takes one step forward, and two steps back.

New policy takes one step forward, and two steps back.

Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced, on at least two occasions, that the agency would be retiring laboratory chimpanzees. For all of us in animal welfare circles, we applauded their decision. Now we read, in a recent article, NIH has decided the remaining research chimps don’t need as much space in which to live. So, if you’re an old chimp, you get the freedom of a sanctuary; but if you’re considered necessary for scientific experimentation, you get a couple hundred square feet. We shouldn’t be squeezing any animal into a confined space. We should be ensuring they all have reasonable retirements after the invasive tests done on them. For when you think about it…retiring some while squeezing others doesn’t make sense.

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