70 million reasons
Five hundred chimps for $ 56 per day result a total of $ 40 million after 4 years. Perhaps these numbers allow us to understand the malicious decision NIH announced to the four winds that it would retire all chimpanzees owned by the U.S. Government within 4 to 5 years.
Besides the possible 500 chimpanzees who would perhaps be retired after four years, a group of 50, these at a cost of more than $ 1 million annually, would be left in reserve for any emergency.
In reality, what NIH has done over the last years is to gain time to make millions of dollars that are being outsourced to centers that host those unfortunate beings.
This attitude of NIH should be unmasked, since knowing that chimpanzees are useless in medical research, it set up a process to reach this conclusion that took over two years to be completed. In these two years, another 20 million dollars were "roasted" in the outsourcing of hosting.
Rather than retire them immediately and allocate the money from hosting to enlarge the federal sanctuary CHIMP HAVEN – which, with less than $ 10 million, could be remodeled to receive all chimpanzees who are now in the hands of NIH – it manages a process of retirement that will last seven years and will cost $ 70 million to U.S. Treasury - with no benefit to anyone except for those who rode this business, which have been happening for the last 30 years.
The 70 million dollars squandered in the past two years and the next five are the real reason that NIH based on its conduct in the treatment of great apes. The institute also created a “North American species of chimpanzee” – for the ones born in captivity, to avoid following the international rules that protect endangered species.
The business of the great apes is ending for NIH and its members, but thousands of other smaller primates continue enriching a lot of people and institutions, and no one cares about that.
However, we do care, and this whole immoral and selfish business of torturing primates for scientific purposes will have to finish. And those who support it should be punished for a crime against humanity!