Thanks to the tireless effort of the organization In Defense of Animals, a lawsuit against the NIH has finally been won, releasing tens of thousands of pages of medical records on chimpanzees used in scientific and medical experimentation. The papers reveal "the profound mental and physical anguish that chimpanzees endure in labs". From IDA:
A three-part "Special Report" on chimpanzee experimentation by McClatchy Newspapers investigative reporter Chris Adams, which has been featured in papers nationwide including the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Arizona Republic, and Charlotte Observer; high-profile blogs such as the Huffington Post and DailyKos; and linked to by international media such as the Toronto Star and India Times...Such suffering, together with the scientific move away from using chimpanzees, makes this series a game-changer in the fight to end chimpanzee experimentation once and for all.
The McClatchy expose is only the tip of the iceberg. IDA views these medical records, which the NIH must continue to provide to IDA for years, as the next phase in our longstanding fight to end chimpanzee experimentation.
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