Dismantling any industry embedded in profit, status, and power is never easy. It happens one step at a time even if that industry is technologically outdated and ethically questionable. Animal research in the U.S. is such an industry. The closure of the U.S. laboratories and programs listed below, particularly the LEMSIP and Coulston labs that housed hundreds of chimpanzees, are milestones on route to the eventual end in the use of all animals in all labs. Chimpanzees rescued from research and breeding facilities who now reside in sanctuaries are, through the voices of those who care for them, telling us their stories—stories that turn the public and policy makers’ attention on the chimpanzees remaining in U.S. labs.
In addition to the labs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reportedly closed their facility and transferred their chimpanzees to the New Iberia Research Center in 2009. That same year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also reported there were “no programs in the…FDA that use or house chimpanzees…” The current location of their chimpanzees however is unknown.