News & CommentANIMAL CARE

Groups Vie for Space Chimp Colony

Science  22 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5367, pp. 1186
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5367.1186a

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Summary

A colony of chimpanzees that dates from the dawn of the U.S. space program is the object of a tug-of-war between a biomedical research foundation and animal rights activists. The U.S. Air Force, which owns the colony, no longer has any need for the chimps and is looking for a private outfit to take them over. Three groups are expected to submit proposals by the 3 June deadline, and the outcome of the contest will determine whether the animals will be used for research or be left to live out their lives in a sanctuary.