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Illegal Breeding at Chimp Facility?

The Human Society is still concerned that a US primate research center of illegally breeding federally-owned chimpanzees.

By | November 17, 2011

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This past March, the Human Society of the United States filed an accusation against one of the leading nonhuman primate research facilities in the country, claiming it had systematically bred federally-owned chimpanzees—an act which has been banned in the US since 1995. According to the Human Society’s accusation, the New Iberia Research Center, based in Louisiana, bred a total of 123 chimps that had at least one federally-owned parent between 2000 and 2009. But in the 2011 Senate Appropriations Report released this summer, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health, concluded that the New Iberia Research Center “does not have an active breeding program involving federally owned chimpanzees.” In fact, upon reviewing New Iberia’s chimp breeding records, the NCRR found only 28 chimpanzees were born to federally-owned parents, not 123 as the Human Society claimed. Both New Iberia and NCRR concluded that the births were the result of isolated mistakes, and neutering procedures and better colony management have already been put in place.

“NCRR is not sure how the number 123 was arrived at but would be willing to evaluate any additional records that were obtained by other animal rights groups and follow up with NIRC if there are any discrepancies,” NCRR wrote in the report.

But Kathleen Conlee, animal research program director with the Humane Society, told Wired Science that the NCRR has declined to discuss the matter further. When she contacted the NCRR’s nonhuman primate resource coordinator, Harold Watson, back in June, he responded:  “NIH takes all allegations brought to our attention seriously and we will take appropriate steps to review and address potential cases of noncompliance.… I appreciate your offer to meet regarding this issue, but I do not feel that is necessary.”

New Iberia receives approximately $1 million a year from NCRR to maintain its chimpanzee colony. The 28 chimps born from federally-owned parents are now being cared for by the University of Lafayette in Louisiana, Thomas Rowell, director of the New Iberia Research Center, told Wired.

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November 17, 2011

This article, by not using the full title of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), perpetuates the false impression that HSUS represents the many Humane Societies throughout the United States.  It does not.  It is an independent organization operated by animal rights extremists, similar to those at PETA.  HSUS takes every opportunity to appear to represent general Humane Society views.  They do not.  I support our local Humane Society, but even its members are appalled by some of the extreme positions taken by HSUS and often must tell their supporters that they have nothing to do with HSUS.  HSUS's fundraising tactics siphon funds from local Humane Societies, as donors often believe they are making donations that go to local shelters.  HSUS's fundraising costs are so high that they have been rated a "D" by Charity Watch.
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November 17, 2011

The HSUS is not affiliated with local shelters or PeTA, and we have never claimed to be and we use over 70% of our funds for direct program costs.  You can see the work that we do, as well our our financial information, at humanesociety.org/about.  (And just for the record, this article did use our full name - in the very first sentence.)

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November 17, 2011

This article, by not using the full title of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), perpetuates the false impression that HSUS represents the many Humane Societies throughout the United States.  It does not.  It is an independent organization operated by animal rights extremists, similar to those at PETA.  HSUS takes every opportunity to appear to represent general Humane Society views.  They do not.  I support our local Humane Society, but even its members are appalled by some of the extreme positions taken by HSUS and often must tell their supporters that they have nothing to do with HSUS.  HSUS's fundraising tactics siphon funds from local Humane Societies, as donors often believe they are making donations that go to local shelters.  HSUS's fundraising costs are so high that they have been rated a "D" by Charity Watch.
www.charitywatch.org
humanewatch.org/

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November 17, 2011

The HSUS is not affiliated with local shelters or PeTA, and we have never claimed to be and we use over 70% of our funds for direct program costs.  You can see the work that we do, as well our our financial information, at humanesociety.org/about.  (And just for the record, this article did use our full name - in the very first sentence.)

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November 17, 2011

This article, by not using the full title of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), perpetuates the false impression that HSUS represents the many Humane Societies throughout the United States.  It does not.  It is an independent organization operated by animal rights extremists, similar to those at PETA.  HSUS takes every opportunity to appear to represent general Humane Society views.  They do not.  I support our local Humane Society, but even its members are appalled by some of the extreme positions taken by HSUS and often must tell their supporters that they have nothing to do with HSUS.  HSUS's fundraising tactics siphon funds from local Humane Societies, as donors often believe they are making donations that go to local shelters.  HSUS's fundraising costs are so high that they have been rated a "D" by Charity Watch.
www.charitywatch.org
humanewatch.org/

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November 17, 2011

The HSUS is not affiliated with local shelters or PeTA, and we have never claimed to be and we use over 70% of our funds for direct program costs.  You can see the work that we do, as well our our financial information, at humanesociety.org/about.  (And just for the record, this article did use our full name - in the very first sentence.)

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