More than 1,000 chimpanzees suffer in laboratories within the United States, and taxpayers are footing the bill. Many of these chimps were captured from the wild as infants and have spent decades languishing in cages the size of a kitchen table, subject to repeated invasive procedures, just as you see in this undercover video taken at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. This is the Real Planet of the Apes - and it ain't Hollywood.
It's time for the National Institutes of Health to stop funding experimentation on chimpanzees and shift our support to sophisticated, modern, ethical research methods that are more appropriate for protecting human health.
- Ending chimpanzee research would save taxpayers $300 million over ten years.
- The United States is the last country in the world that permits large-scale chimpanzee experiments because they are expensive and ineffective.
- In over a quarter of a century, more than 85 HIV vaccines were developed that demonstrated benefits in nonhuman primates but all failed in at least 200 human trials.
Now is the time to join the rest of the world and stop experimenting on chimpanzees.
Sign this petition now and send a message to the National Institutes of Health: chimpanzees belong in a sanctuary - not a laboratory!