Starting with 2013, several groups have made great efforts in seeing to the release and proper treatment of lab chimps. In 2016, their work is finally beginning to bear fruit.
Several degrees of scientists and researchers use lab chimps because their anatomy and their DNA are so familiar to hours. Using lab chimps in a multitude of experiments is generally seen as acceptable because in the eyes of science, the demise of a chimp is a price worth paying if it can help further the life of one of more human beings.
Leaving ethics and morals aside, many lab chimps were born and raised inside cages or observation pens. They have never experienced nature, or the outdoors. Many animals raised in labs are docile and timid. They rely on the doctors and researchers there to ensure their well-being. They lose all manner of instinct and natural curiosity, traits almost detrimental to the existence of their species.
A Visible Change of Attitude In Freed Lab Chimps
Many of these former lab chimps can now enjoy the great blue open skies in a Louisiana enclosure. For many of them, their sudden and unexpected release from captivity within a lab represents their first steps into the great outdoors. Some of them have never seen the sky, the Sun, the Moon, the stars. They have never felt rain or fresh grass. They have never climbed a tree, which is stereotypically what many chimps really love doing
For decades, these creatures were kept in an enclosed sterile environment, not knowing that an entire world existed outside the walls of their cages. Of course, it is not yet certain if chimps are able to feel awe like we do. Nevertheless, the current human society does enforce animal rights. Just because chimps happen to resemble humans in several ways does not put them in a gray area.
The Louisiana enclosure can presently hold safely hundreds of released chimps. Sadly, many laboratories and research trusts seem to be making the liberation process difficult. However, looking at recent history, we can all see that animal rights organization are winning ground.
The future may have researchers looking elsewhere for their human substitutes. Without lab chimps, the world will be properly motivated this time around to change the way experiments and scientific research will be conducted.