By John Pippin, M.D.
He was only 8 years old when he was loaded onto the truck that he would not exit alive. Chaos, a young chimpanzee, died on May 31, 2011 during transit as he was being shipped from one laboratory to another.
During that approximately 1,200-mile journey from Bioqual in Maryland to New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, Chaos, who had been used in experiments since he was 2 years old, suffered anaphylactic shock with complications and died.
It's hard to say who had a worse fate-Chaos, or the chimpanzees like Reggie and Emma who arrived at New Iberia with their hearts still beating.
Nearly three years later, Reggie and Emma are still at New Iberia Research Center. Still living in captivity. Still in danger of being used in invasive experiments. Still suffering mentally, and perhaps physically, every day. I can't even imagine what they've been through in just the last three years.
For Chaos, it was too late. But Reggie and Emma can still be released to a sanctuary to live out their lives and begin to recover from years of darkness. A new publication could help get Reggie and Emma out of New Iberia faster.