Animal experimentation on chimpanzees is still very well practiced in the United States and Gabon. Due to the nature of the experiments that take place and what it does to these endangered great apes, it needs to be completely stopped.
Animal experimentation on chimpanzees began in the early 1920’s when a psychologist named Robert M. Yerkes purchases two chimpanzees for his own private research. His objective was to study the behaviors of the two primates he purchased and in response to this work, work he started animal experimentation on primates in the United States. Through research, it became clear that chimpanzees are one of the closest relatives to human beings as we share ninety-eight percent of our genetic make-up. Due to the amount of DNA that chimpanzees share with human beings, they began to be used for a great deal of resource. According to PBS (2008), “...chimps have been used in the study of infectious diseases, gene therapy, vaccine development, reproduction, language, behavior, even anatomy” (PBS, para. 2). While some might appear okay with experimentation on chimpanzees, it is also important to remember that the experimentation done on them have not always been for medical reasons, but for other reasons that cannot be