CAAT Senior Research Associate Martin Stephens Appointed to Board of Directors of Chimp Haven
CAAT senior research associate Martin Stephens has been appointed to the board of directors of Chimp Haven, a non-profit organization that operates a sanctuary near Shreveport, Louisiana for chimpanzees formerly used in research and entertainment. The organization was founded in 1995 to establish a setting in which chimpanzees could live in large social groups in spacious, outdoor habitats.
Following passage of the 2000 CHIMP Act which called for the establishment of national sanctuary system for chimpanzees no longer needed in biomedical research the government selected Chimp Haven to run the mandated national chimpanzee system. The National Institutes of Health, which has funded much of the biomedical research on chimpanzees over the years, provided partial support for the Chimp Haven sanctuary to be build in 2002.
Stephens, who joined the CAAT staff last year, had been an advocate for chimpanzees in laboratories in his earlier work with The Humane Society of the United States. According to Stephens, "The least we owe these individuals for decades of confinement and experimentation is a comfortable retirement in a naturalistic setting."
See Chimp Haven Website