Save the Chimps is pleased that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they will significantly reduce the use of chimpanzees in government-funded research, and retire the vast majority of federally-owned chimpanzees.  

This historic NIH decision comes after a two-and-a-half year review of the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research, and closely follows the US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) proposed rule to declare all chimpanzees members of an endangered species.
Although these announcements do not permanently end the use of chimpanzees in research, and up to 50 federally-owned chimpanzees will remain available for research, they do reflect a positive and dramatic shift in US policy towards chimpanzees.
Much work remains to be done to provide the chimpanzees with retirement in sanctuaries, including fixing the CHIMP Act funding cap, and addressing the needs of privately-owned laboratory chimps. Save the Chimps looks forward to working with the NIH and our fellow members of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) to ensure that all chimpanzees in research labs reach sanctuary and enjoy the retirement that they so richly deserve. 
Save the Chimps thanks the NIH for their thorough attention to this issue. We also deeply thank our supporters who have voiced their concern for chimpanzees and helped make this momentous occasion possible. 
Thank you for your concern and compassion for chimpanzees!