News of the WeekANIMAL RESEARCH

Charles River Labs to Care for NIH Chimps

Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1279
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1279a

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Charles River Laboratories of Massachusetts will be the new caretaker for nearly 300 chimpanzees owned by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that were once used in medical research. The decision pleases animal activists, who had long accused the animals' current caretaker, the Coulston Foundation, of unsafe and negligent veterinary practices. The activists were disappointed, however, that the chimps will not be released to a retirement sanctuary. And they were especially upset by a separate NIH decision to purchase 14 young chimpanzees from Coulston for possible research.

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