The National Institute of Health, the largest funder of medical research in the United States, has announced that they will finally stop using chimpanzees in laboratory experiments. The primates are retiring from all United States government research. This is a huge triumph for anti-vivisectionists and chimpanzees everywhere.
The head of the National Institute of Health (NIH) said its decision to retire more than three hundred chimpanzees from research would help usher in a “compassionate era” of scientific research. NIH director, Dr Francis Collins, said that chimpanzees, as man’s closest relative in the animal kingdom, “deserve special respect. These amazing animals have taught us a great deal already,” he said, as he announced the policy change at the end of June.
The use of chimpanzees in biomedical research has been on the decline for some time, but for activists seeking to end the practice, the NIH decision is still a “game-changer”.
Happy Monkday :_)