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Happy Ending for Ex-Lab Chimps!

Happy Ending for Ex-Lab Chimps!

Posted 12 September 2011   by JessB         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: animal testing, apes, chimps, video, rescued

Imagine going decades without seeing the outside world -- spending many of those years confined in a laboratory, bright lights and metal bars a staple of your daily environment. Then finally being able to experience the sunlight on your skin and the simple joys of walking freely and interacting with your friends...

This is the sad but uplifting story of ten chimpanzees, held in captivity for 30 years in Austria. Yes, you heard correctly, 30 years... And for more than half of those years, these unfortunate animals were confined in a medical testing laboratory. Check out this amazing video as the chimps step into the sunshine for the first time:

Isn't that moment when the two chimps turn and hug each other in joy so touching to see!

What do you think -- should pharmaceutical companies find better, safer ways to test drugs, that don't involve animals? I mean, when you see the joy of these chimps at finally being safe and free, it makes you wonder how we can justify locking them away and testing on them for decades, doesn't it?

As Prof. Charles Magel put it: "Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'Because animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."

This footage not only brings home the sad reality of animals being used in pharmaceutical testing, but the chimps' reactions to being set free shows just how similar they are to us. Share this video on facebook ( and show others just how touching a moment it can be to give animals the safety and freedom they all deserve.

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AllyCat AllyCat 13 September 2011
Beautiful! love I love that video !
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lyds lyds 13 September 2011
im crying my eyes out this is so cute, to see them with hair missing due to harsh tests makes my heart sink, just because they can't say no in the language we speak doesn't mean there okay with it
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AliceinWhorrorland AliceinWhorrorland 14 September 2011
This is so sad and I am so happy for them being allowed to be set free finally at the same time :')
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Sanchari Bhava Sanchari Bhava 27 September 2011
OMG!! This blog is AWESOME!! I feel soo sorry for the animals. I love them!!
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wynterwolfe wynterwolfe 28 September 2011
I love that footage, their first taste of freedom.
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dazy daisy dazy daisy 30 September 2011
The video made me smile, but it's so upsetting to know that they had been forced to undergo horrific testing for 30 years.
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N-body N-body 3 October 2011
Awwww.... that is so CUTE!! I love when they turn around and hug each other! It's so sad though that that is the first time they've ever been outside sad
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