CONCLUSIONS

  • Euthanasia of chimpanzees should be permitted for reasons of health or quality of life. Euthanasia is not recommended as a general means of population control.

  • With the assistance of colony managers and investigators, the ChiMP office should classify all animals in supported facilities in the categories defined here. When they have been classified, strategic management of the entire population will become possible.

  • Long-term management programs as defined herein, including sanctuaries, should meet or exceed all recommendations in this report.

  • Funding will be required to bring current facilities into compliance with the guidelines in this report. Long-term savings can be expected, depending on the success of transferring animals to the nongovernment sector and increasing efficiency by centralizing management.



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