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Playful and mischievous four-year-old Arden spent the first years of her life locked inside a research laboratory, where, as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports, “painful tests were performed on animals.”

She was housed at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Lafayette, La. – once the largest chimpanzee laboratory in the world.

It was here, back in 2008, that the HSUS conducted a nine-month long undercover investigation at the NIRC. What it revealed was heartbreaking.

HSUS investigators found that “ inhumane mistreatment” of the captive primates was common, even “routine” – with some leaving their anxiety-riddled lab experiences “screaming” and later “throwing themselves against their cages, and … tearing large gashes into their own arms and legs.”

Thankfully, in 2012, Arden, along with 109 other chimps, received respite from these cruel conditions when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) deemed them “permanently ineligible” for research – a decision prompted in part by the HSUS’s investigation.

As of August 2013, all 110 chimps have been moved out of the NIRC, and retired to Chimp Haven Sanctuary in Keithville, La! Woohoo! What a grand success!

Since becoming one of the first NIRC chimps transferred to Chimp Haven, sweet Arden has been enjoying her life like never before with her mother now by her side.

See Arden “live as a chimpanzee should” at Chimp Haven Sanctuary in the HSUS’s new video below! How beautiful it is to see her happy!

Image source: Humane Society of the United States / Facebook

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8 comments on “Retired Lab Chimp Arden Finally Safe at Chimp Haven Sanctuary (VIDEO)”

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Stacey Holliday
4 Years Ago


Magdika Cecilia Pérez
4 Years Ago

breaks my heart the cruelty we inflict on animals .... I hope that not only do I live to see the day it ends ... but that the suffering stops soon!

Nemeth Szilvia
4 Years Ago

Go VEGAN!!! The unique way of non violence!

Leo Paquin
4 Years Ago

…..which is Brutally Unfair. There should be no confinement of Primates in any enclosure whatsoever, except for medical reasons or because, as they now sit, they have lost their IQ and would be defenceless in the Wild.

Cathy Carbonelli
4 Years Ago

Thank you God!

Adi Dev
4 Years Ago

Were the african american slaves called "retired" after the abolition of slavery? No. Were the exploited survivor jews called "retired" No. In the same way, the exploited enslaved animals cannot be called "retired". They are survivors of human cruelty, they are survivors of human exploitation. Total abolition of animal slavery, total abolition of every kind of exploitation,that's veganism.

Marlene Anderson Costa
22 Dec 2013

i appreciate very much what you said, but choose to focus on the positive aspect of this story...they simply meant the laboratory retired him...

Adi Dev
22 Dec 2013

I choose what I want, therefore I choose to write down my opinion.Your opinion is your opinion. Not mine. Welfarists are double faced hypocrites, The lab didn't retire anyone. The individual was a tortured slave. And this is my answer to the guy who asked "how One Green Planet is not vegan". Have a nice day.

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