NIH promises to retire all research chimps

November 19, 2015 5:31 PM

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NIH promises to retire all research chimps

(CNN)The National Institutes of Health says it plans to retire all government research chimpanzees to sanctuaries, reversing its stance of many years. The NIH had said a set of chimps needed to be kept for future medical experimentation.

About 300 chimps will be retired over the next two years, or possibly longer, according to Cathy Spraetz, director of Chimp Haven in Louisiana, the nation's only federally-approved chimp sanctuary.

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