On today’s episode, I will be talking to Margie Robinson, an attorney with the Humane Society of the United States. Margie will be telling us about Humane Society of the United States v National Institutes of Health, the latest lawsuit in the years-long effort to relocate to sanctuary ALL the chimpanzees formerly held for research by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.
It seems unbelievable that the NIH still retains some chimpanzees in a lab setting despite the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection (CHIMP) Act being passed by Congress in 2000. The CHIMP Act sets forth rules establishing a federal sanctuary program funded in substantial part by the federal government and mandating that eligible chimpanzees be retired to those sanctuaries. But, even though the chimpanzees still held in laboratory settings are fully eligible under the Act to be sent to sanctuary, the NIH has yet to comply fully, so here we are.
Sometimes – all too often – getting a statute passed to protect animals is only the beginning of the legal effort.
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Margie Robinson is a staff attorney at the Humane Society of the United States and has taught an animal law seminar at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Her current practice focuses on protecting wildlife both in the wild and in captivity, including countering cruel trophy hunting practices, advocating for former research chimpanzees, and defending fur sales bans.
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