NIH Announces Retirement Of All Chimpanzees Used In Federally-funded Research Based On The End Of The Split-Listing Of Captive Chimpanzees

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins has announced that now that captive chimpanzees are officially listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act, (an action which resulted from a petition submitted by our firm on behalf of a coalition of organizations, see previous blog), NIH has decided to send all 50 of the NIH-owned chimpanzees available for research to a U.S. sanctuary.  He further announced that the agency will develop a plan for phasing out NIH support for the remaining chimpanzees that are supported, but not actually owned, by NIH.  For a further discussion of the announcement, please see this article in Nature.  The firm is thrilled that its work on the split-listing petition has contributed to such a monumental announcement for these chimpanzees, who deserve to live out the remainder of their lives in an environment much closer in kind to their natural habitat than a laboratory setting.