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A Good Home for Chimpanzees

Humans have been using and abusing chimpanzees for decades. NASA used them to make sure their rockets were safe before blasting humans into space. Circuses and film and TV shows have used them to amuse and entertain us. Most harmful of all, scientists have used them as test subjects for deadly diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS.

Chimps are our closest relatives on the planet. They share 98% of our DNA. They are intelligent, have rich emotional lives, and senses of humour. The can use tools and plan ahead. Some have learned rudimentary sign language.

Sanctuaries like The Fauna Foundation offer a home to chimpanzees that are no longer wanted by humans. Some were once pets, some were in the entertainment business, some were held in small cages in biomedical labs. In a sanctuary, the chimps are given a safe and caring environment to live out the rest of their days. It’s the least we can do for these amazing animals we’ve often treated with such cruelty

The Fauna Foundation Website


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