We are certainly headed in the right direction to ensure the health, safety and well being of the chimpanzee. The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced earlier this week that it will:
“substantially reduce the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded biomedical research and retire most of the chimps it currently owns or supports”
Here is an additional NIH statement that has animal advocates thrilled about what is to come to protect our animals:
“Americans have benefited greatly from the chimpanzees’ service to biomedical research, but new scientific methods and technologies have rendered their use in research largely unnecessary.”
This is not saying that chimpanzees will no longer be used for research purposes at all, as the agency said that they will “retain but not breed” up to 50 chimpanzees for future biomedical research, but it is a step in the right direction. The fact that the organization is admitting that it is largely unnecessary to use chimps for research is positive.
It is difficult to completely give up on using chimps for research since they share approximately 99% of their DNA with humans, according to the NIH. Therefore, some of the animals will be kept in captivity for “possible use.” However, 100’s of chimps will be retired!
Many animal advocates are cheering at this development, while many other groups, organizations and establishments are very “disappointed” about this newer recommendation. For instance, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute agrees that chimps should be provided with “an appropriate environment,” but also that only 50 chimps for research is not:
“sufficient to enable the rapid development of better preventions and cures for hepatitis B and C, which kill a million people every year.”
They believe that 50 chimps is also not enough for testing aimed at:
“treating autoimmune diseases and some forms of cancer or even to research prevention and cures of diseases including Ebola hemorrhagic fever and chimpanzee AIDS which are contributing to the extinction of chimpanzees and gorillas.”
The debate will continue over animals being used for research purposed, but for those who advocate against the use of testing on animals, they are thrilled with new development towards their cause.
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