The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), one of the components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that provides funding for federally owned or supported chimpanzees recently announced plans to relocate over 200 chimpanzees living at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) on Holloman Air Force Base to The Southwest National Primate ResearchCenter (SNPRC) near San Antonio, TX, where they may be subject to invasive biomedical research. These chimpanzees should not be confused with the 266 chimpanzees STC rescued in 2002 from The Coulston Foundation. The STC chimps are safe and will never be returned to biomedical research. However, Save the Chimps believes that the APF chimps, who have not been used in biomedical research for nearly ten years, deserve permanent retirement. Taxpayer dollars being used to relocate the chimps, construct new housing at SNPRC, and provide for their daily care in the laboratory should instead be used to fund their lifetime care in a sanctuary. Save the Chimps encourages our supporters to contact their representatives on behalf of the APF chimpanzees, requesting that the chimps be retired permanently to a sanctuary, with funding provided for their lifetime care.
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