In 2015, after extensive public and congressional pressure, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cut funding for experiments on chimpanzees and began retiring them to sanctuary. Now, in a historic move, Congress is asking the NIH to begin to do the same for the thousands of other primates in its taxpayer-funded laboratories, and it’s about time.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Jane Goodall started attributing personalities to the chimpanzees she followed in Gombe National Park in what is now Tanzania. In her descriptions, some were more playful or aggressive, affectionate or nurturing.
Cincinnati City Council on Thursday voted 7-1 to ban exotic animals from circuses.
The city already restricts people from owning or displaying wild or potentially dangerous animals. It exempts certain organizations from this rule, including zoos and, until now, circuses.
Spending bill would require the agency to identify alternatives to research with monkeys and other non-human primates.