Guest Post: Save the Bastrop Chimpanzees

This guest post, about research chimpanzees and their transfer to the U.S. federal sanctuary, was sent to us by the group "Save the Bastrop Chimps." Every story has two sides. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) own or financially support approximately 500 captive chimpanzees in the United States. These chimpanzees have been a part of … Continue reading Guest Post: Save the Bastrop Chimpanzees

NIH announces final decisions to relocate chimpanzees

The National Institutes of Health recently announced its final decisions about moving the remaining 180 chimpanzees it owns to the US federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven. The Louisiana sanctuary was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit led by primate behavioral researcher Dr. Linda Brent and others. Brent served as Chimp Haven’s President for 17 years until … Continue reading NIH announces final decisions to relocate chimpanzees

Public dialogue about US research chimpanzee retirement: Unanswered questions

Growing concerns about NIH’s plan for retired research chimpanzees summarized in a WIRED article last week continue to provoke more questions than answers. These questions fall into three general areas discussed below. In many cases, they are questions that could stem simply from a lack of transparent, public information. One example of this is found … Continue reading Public dialogue about US research chimpanzee retirement: Unanswered questions

What is science?

We learned today from an NIH announcement about a new plan by the federal agency to relocate and transfer all of the NIH-owned chimpanzees to the federally-funded sanctuary, Chimp Haven, by 2021 or later. The announcement was quickly the subject of announcements and proclamations of victory by PETA, HSUS, and some associated with Chimp Haven. … Continue reading What is science?

Heat or light? An Analysis of Chimp Haven’s Message

Earlier this week the president of Chimp Haven, Cathy Willis Spraetz, issued a rebuttal to “a number of articles and blog posts focusing on the retirement of federally-owned chimpanzees to Chimp Haven.” She identifies the goal of the open message as a response to address the “concerns and resistance from some in the laboratory community,” … Continue reading Heat or light? An Analysis of Chimp Haven’s Message

Sanctuary, Zoo, Lab: Name Games or Core Differences?

The announcement of a research partnership between Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) and Chimp Haven (a federally funded sanctuary for NIH retired chimpanzees) has led to increased dialogue, particularly in regards to what this means for the chimpanzees' well-being and importantly, the kinds of activities that a sanctuary is allowed to engage with the animals under … Continue reading Sanctuary, Zoo, Lab: Name Games or Core Differences?

Zoo-Sanctuary Partnership: Lincoln Park Zoo and Federally-funded Retired Chimpanzee Sanctuary Announce New Research Program

An article titled “Chimpanzee sanctuaries open door to more research: Collaboration aims to beef up science at retirement centers” in Science last Thursday (David Grimm, 7/28/16) was a surprising turn for some attending to the ongoing events and debates about chimpanzees in the US. The article highlights an announcement by Chimp Haven (CH). CH is … Continue reading Zoo-Sanctuary Partnership: Lincoln Park Zoo and Federally-funded Retired Chimpanzee Sanctuary Announce New Research Program