Richardson Asks USDA About New Mexico Chimps

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – Richardson filed a complaint Thursday in Washington, D.C., urging federal officials to examine the issue.

The chimps have spent the past decade undisturbed by medical researchers at the Alamogordo Primate Facility, where an agreement prohibits testing on the chimps.

After a federal contract expires next year, the National Institutes of Health wants to cut government costs by moving the animals to a San Antonio primate facility, where animal rights activists worry they'll be improperly poked, prodded and stabbed in the name of science.