Oct. 16, 2008— -- According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are about 1,200 chimpanzees in U.S. laboratories. For most of their lives, they are used for research, without access to the outdoors.
ABC's Neal Karlinsky traveled to Cle Elum, Wash., where he met Keith LaChapelle, a man doing something to give back by putting the well-being of chimpanzees ahead of his own. LaChapelle took in seven chimps that spent their lives undergoing liver bioposies for a hepatitis vaccine and that were forced to heavily breed. He founded the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) to provide care for formerly abused or exploited chimpanzees in need of a home.
By making a gift of $20 a month, you can become a Chimpanzee Pal.