The very last fifty chimpanzees owned by the Nationwide Institutes of Wellness are headed to Chimp Haven—a federally funded sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana.
The retirement program, declared on Wednesday, arrives two a long time after the company determined to phase out chimp research following a report that discovered this kind of investigation needless. At the time, the agency stated it would established stricter requirements for primate investigation and retire most of its 360 chimps, hanging on to only fifty. Individuals remaining chimps have been set aside in scenario scientists essential them in specific situation, this kind of as emergency studies throughout a general public overall health crisis.
But since the 2013 selection, no proposals to use the chimps have moved ahead. And, in June of this year, the US Fish and Wildlife Services granted chimps endangered-species protection, which meant that scientists would want to apply for permits to conduct invasive chimp research.