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article imageChimp retirement bill signed

By Tim Sandle     Dec 7, 2013 in Science
The U.S. President has signed a bill to support the retirement of federally owned research chimpanzees over the next five years. This followed months of delays.
Last month the Digital Journal reported that the remaining U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) chimpanzees, that were set to enjoy their remaining years at a sanctuary in Louisiana, would have to wait a little longer due to "budgetary problems." Specifically, the lack of an appropriations bill has delayed needed tweaks to the Chimp Act, which capped the amount of money the NIH was able to dedicate to the care of its sanctuary-housed chimps.
According to The New York Times, the bill signed by President Obama allows NIH to spend money once earmarked for research to support the move of nearly 300 federally owned chimps to a sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana. NIH will keep 50 chimps for potential future research needs.
In a statement, NIH Director Francis Collins said: "With the funding roadblock removed, NIH can begin to move forward with our previously stated plans to transfer all but 50 of the NIH-owned research chimpanzees, over time, into the federal sanctuary system."
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