Following up on the good news that research chimpanzees who have been used and abused "in the name of science" are likely finally to gain the protection and respect they so dearly deserve (see also) and be retired to sanctuaries where they can live in peace and safety, Wesleyan University philosopher Lori Gruen has compiled a much needed fact sheet about the last 1000 chimpanzees used in research, modeled on the site she launched in 2006 for the first 100 research chimpanzees. Many chimpanzees are numbered as if they were or are mere objects, whereas others are named, because indeed they all are individuals who deeply and dearly deserve respect and should have been given the opportunity to live dignified lives absent horrific abuse.
The idea of compiling this longer list of research chimpanzees was suggested at a meeting of scholars from various disciplines who gathered to discuss the nature of the complex and contradictory relationships that are formed between humans and other great apes and what we can do to protect these amazing beings from further exploitation by humans in captivity and in the wild. The meeting was supported by the Arcus Foundation, an organization concerned with social justice and conservation issues, and was called "Humans and other apes: Rethinking the species interface". I had the extreme pleasure of partaking in this groundbreaking gathering.