Petition to the Director of the National Institutes of Health
TO: Dr. Collins
RE: Retire all NIH-owned chimpanzees to the federal
Dear Dr. Collins:
I am pleased that the National
Institutes of Health is considering retiring more than 300 of its chimpanzees
based on the recommendations of the Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in
NIH-Supported Research. I applaud you for taking this issue seriously and
establishing the Working Group one year ago. However, I am writing today to ask
that all NIH-owned chimpanzees be retired to the federal sanctuary system.
While the Working Group recommended
that NIH maintain a colony of 50 chimpanzees for current research, neither the
science nor the ethics is supportive of such a move. The 2011 Institute of
Medicine report on chimpanzee experimentation could not point to a single area
of human health research for which chimpanzees are essential. Further,
behavioral and comparative genomics research can be conducted in the wild or at
wildlife refuges and sanctuaries, a point reiterated by the Working Group.
I hope you will get NIH out of the chimpanzee
experimentation business once and for all. Thank you for your consideration of
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