Chimpanzees – for “their care, maintenance and transportation, owned or controlled by the National Institute of Health” (NIH) – for the fiscal year 2018 received authorized funding in the amount of $9,400,000 (p.171).
That’s $18,650.79 per chimpanzee.
And that’s even though the 504 NIH-supported chimpanzees are “no longer useful for biomedical research” according to conclusions reached in a 2011 “major study”.
Over the last eight years, 232 of the chimpanzees have been moved into federal retirement homes where they continue to collect retirement funds, bananas, etc.
With regards these chimpanzees and many other funded catchalls of categories known or lost somewhere in the jungle of monies spent, and perhaps misspent, Clint Brown, Legal Policy Director for the Pacific Legal Foundation, in his January 28, 2019 article writes “to address government dysfunction, Congress must reclaim its oversight function.”
Brown claims the “Congressional Budget Office found 410 expired authorizations” – chimpanzees being among them – “that continued to receive appropriations.”
But as they say in bureaucratic – and chimpanzee – circles (sometimes one and the same), relax. Refrain from taking anything too seriously.
Aka “hang loose, baby!”
So, there’s that.