Paws up! To Senator John Kennedy for Louisiana; and a group of Senators, for introducing the Chimp Sanctuary Act, which would put an end to housing chimpanzees at the Air Force.
May 16, 2022
Chimpanzees do not belong in the Air Force. This is why the S. 3613 Chimp Sanctuary Act was introduced by John Kennedy; and a group of Senators, on February 9th, 2022. There are 34 chimps still being held at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, according to a press release. Chimps are highly intelligent, and they cannot live a rich life with all of their needs met in an enclosure. These chimpanzees are simply being held there with no purpose. These primates were previously held at the Air Force for research studies, which are no longer being done. This violates the Chimp Act, which was put in place to take care of retired chimpanzees.
The Chimp Sanctuary Act would move these chimpanzees out of the Holloman Air Force Base to the sanctuary Chimp Haven in Louisiana, where they would have a higher quality of life. This sanctuary would give the chimps a chance to live in groups, and their environment would resemble what the chimps would see in nature. It would also give them a chance to stimulate their minds; and get the care they need, from their behavioral teams and veterinary staff.
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