This is grim news for chimpanzees like Faylene who never consented to live life inside of a laboratory. But we will not give up hope for these individuals.
Following the devastating announcement, US Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) sent a letter to NIH Director Francis S. Collins, with a powerful message urging the agency to transfer more than 40 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico to the national sanctuary system at Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana.
Alamogordo chimpanzee Faylene, now age 36, was featured in The New York Times. At the age of one, Faylene was shipped to the Centers for Disease Control for use in invasive research. She was forced to endure needle liver biopsies every week and sometimes multiple times per week.
The very least Faylene deserves now is a higher quality of life. NIH’s move to take that chance away from her is unacceptable and has been widely criticized including in this Albuquerque Journal editorial.
The NIH's findings are flawed and heartbreaking.
We thank Senators Udall, Cassidy and Heinrich for urging the NIH to send the remaining chimps to sanctuary, and ask that you take action now on behalf of the surviving Alamogordo chimpanzees.
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