Despite the National Institutes of Health recently retiring federally owned chimpanzees, the Michale E. Keeling Center still houses privately owned chimpanzees who they have not yet scheduled for retirement. The Keeling Center and other labs are fighting to hold on to the millions in funding they have received for decades to simply house and maintain chimpanzees – even though their actual use in research was rapidly dwindling or nonexistent.
Please write to University
of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald DePinho, MD, and ask him
to retire all privately owned Keeling Center chimpanzees (MD Anderson operates the
Keeling Center: Retire Privately Owned Chimpanzees Now
Dear [Decision Maker],
It's time to close the chimpanzee program at the Michale E. Keeling Center. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is retiring approximately 90% of its federally owned chimpanzees. But according to data from a 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, there will remain around 10 to 15 privately owned chimpanzees at your lab.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]