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Sep 25, 2012 6:27 AM by AP

Officials say retired chimps being sent to TX lab

KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) - Officials say 100 biomedical research chimpanzees slated for retirement aren't being sent to a chimpanzee sanctuary like federal statutes require.

Officials at Chimp Haven said Monday 10 of the 110 retiring chimpanzees at the New Iberia Research Center in Lafayette will be sent to the sanctuary in Keithville. The other 100 will be transferred to a laboratory in Texas.

Chimp Haven President Linda Brent said a federal law mandates chimpanzees no longer used for research should be retired to the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is operated by Chimp Haven.

The sanctuary currently houses 125 chimpanzees.

The research center faced allegations of mistreating their research chimpanzees and monkeys in 2009 after federal investigators concluded they didn't comply with several parts of the Animal Welfare Act.

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