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To end the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research and testing and to retire those chimpanzees currently in laboratories to permanent and appropriate sanctuaries.

Approximately 936 chimpanzees—some who were captured from the wild, used by the entertainment industry and kept as pets—currently live in six research and testing laboratories around the United States.

Despite extensive knowledge of their rich social and emotional lives and their ineffectiveness as models for human diseases like HIV, chimpanzees continue to be subjected to painful and invasive experiments—some for more than 40 years now. However, at any given time, the vast majority of chimpanzees in laboratories are not being used, while their care and maintenance is spending taxpayer dollars.

It’s time to end the wasteful and poor treatment of our closest living and endangered relatives.

The HSUS seeks to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research and testing and to retire those chimpanzees currently in laboratories to permanent and appropriate sanctuaries by:

-influencing policymakers
-gaining support from the public
-growing support among members of the scientific community
-scientifically challenging the arguments advocating harmful chimpanzee research
-preventing breeding of additional chimpanzees into the research system

Learn more: www.humanesociety.org/chimps

1. Approximately 936 chimpanzees are in laboratories in the US—some were even captured from the wild.

2. Chimpanzees in labs continue to be subjected to painful and invasive experiments—some for more than 40 years now.

3. They are our closest living relatives.

4. Not only are chimps intelligent, but they have the ability to experience emotions very similar to humans.

5. U.S. taxpayers spend an estimated $15-$20 million each year on invasive experiments involving chimpanzees.