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RESCUED: Ex lab chimps walk on grass for first time

RESCUED: Ex lab chimps walk on grass for first time

Posted 28 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: chimps, rescued, animal testing, video, good news

This:

The bit where the chimp sees the sky for the first time!

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Me:

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More than 100 ex-lab chimps have started their brand new life at the sanctuary, Chimp Haven, in the US. Locked up for years only to be tested on, some of these chimps had never felt grass under their feet before. Some had never even had the chance to meet other chimps without bars between them :(

Thankfully, in late 2012, the National Institutes of Health announced that it would be retiring all the chimps from a research facility in Louisiana. And with the support of the Humane Society of the United States these chimps have at last been relocated to their forever home at Chimp Haven. Finally, they will get the chance to discover what it means to be free :) They'll spend the rest of their days soaking up the sun, climbing trees and hanging with their new chimp friends, just as all chimps should.

In many parts of the world, chimpanzee research is on its way out – thank goodness! Thankfully, more and more people are starting to realise that animals don't want to be tested on. We recently celebrated another victory when New Zealand banned animal testing for party drugs :) Yay!

Got a good news story for animals that you've heard lately? Tell us about it in the comments.

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ox.kylie.xo ox.kylie.xo 3 June 2014
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wow, well now the governments just trying to look like the good guys... this does not make what you have done/ doing ok... trying to take the focus off the heinous acts in the labs by promoting a retirement facility for SOME of them, and by some I don't mean to imply that the only thing wrong with this facility is that it only accommodates some of them the main issue I have is that it is a failed attempted to rectify a wrong they have done yet they continue to do the wrong... a new low.
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LynnyB LynnyB 4 June 2014
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I think you guys are awesome! Without your efforts NONE of these animals would ever know kindness or freedom.
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Jaydee Jaydee 4 June 2014
3
Speechless and thank God above.I pray that all perpatrators of animal cruelty get their deserved punishment. Nemesis =what goes round comes back. Thanks to all the good people prepared to give their time and endless efforts for animals. We the human race are the worst of the species when they can use animals like this.Thank you and  God be with you in all your efforts.
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pendragon25 pendragon25 5 June 2014
4
Just so heartwarming to see the expressions on the chimps faces. Thankyou to everyone for the wonderful work you do on behalf of animals. I applaud you!  clap
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Violeta Violeta 5 June 2014
5
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Those faces are priceless!
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Pteropus Pteropus 5 June 2014
6
Your organization must be commended for not only its excellent work for animals but its use of good news stories to keep people comng back to the site and to help.
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sezza sezza 5 June 2014
7
This is beautiful, yet heartbreaking..A lovely, inspiring story..Thank you
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Elsje Elsje 9 June 2014
8
The one chimp of 50 is 4 years younger than me.  I cannot imagine what pain, suffering, anxiety, fear and loneliness this animal and his brothers and sisters must have faced all these years in dreadful research labs.  But thank God they are now free to live out the last few years of their lives in freedom and safety.  Thank you guys and girls for making this possible.
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reddapanda reddapanda 12 June 2014
9
thank you very much for this article with the link. i also liked your drawing. and yes i cried too, but at least i got through watching it (unlike some vids).
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FERDDIE FERDDIE 14 June 2014
10
Awesome and refreshing,thank God these chimps have seen freedom!!!!
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