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U.S. government scientists say retire most research chimps

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A 2004 aerial file photo of the 200-acre site in Caddo Parish near Shreveport, La., that is home to Chimp Haven. Government scientists have agreed that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally funded research should be retired from labs and sent to the national sanctuary.

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Government scientists have agreed that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally funded research should be retired from labs and sent to a national sanctuary. Animal-rights activists said they were pleased by the recommendations. "At last, our federal government understands: A chimpanzee should no more live in a laboratory than a human should live in a phone booth," the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement.
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