The days in the lab are over for 110 chimpanzees. The chimps previously used for medical research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center are exploring their new home at Chimp Haven, located just outside Shreveport.
The chimps were kept under quarantine for several days before release in their habitat, when many of them witnessed the sky for the first time. Emotions ran a little high as the Chimp Haven staff watched the animals explore.
Chimp Haven is raising money to keep more chimps from New Iberia, which has come under fire for illegal breeding and violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
The National Institutes of Health may be releasing their 450 chimps in the near future, at which point more habitats like Chimp Haven will have to be built.
Loved seeing this. Breaks my heart to know animals are still being used in labs. As always we’re years behind Europe, come on U.S.