Research Lab to Surrender Chimps

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Science  10 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5434, pp. 1649-1650
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5434.1649a

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In a move that animal rights activists claim as a victory, the Coulston Foundation, the largest primate research facility in the United States, agreed last week to surrender up to 300 chimpanzees--half its current chimp population--by January 2002. The agreement was reached with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to charges the agency had brought against the lab in 1998 and 1999, ranging from storing the chimps' food improperly to performing unsafe veterinary and surgical procedures that led to the deaths of several animals. By signing the agreement, the Coulston Foundation has ended the USDA investigation without accepting the charges.