USA: Stand With Us for Abandoned Chimps.



Stand With Us for Abandoned Chimps

Dear Mark,

Today, we are rallying outside the New York Blood Center’s headquarters in New York City with many other animal advocates. We have gathered together to call on NYBC to reinstate funding to care for more than 60 chimpanzees that the Center abandoned in Liberia. After decades of research and testing, these animals were left to fend for themselves on islands with no direct access to food or water. Despite an international outcry, NYBC unbelievably continues to deny any responsibility for these chimpanzees. Stand with us wherever you are by sending a letter to NYBC’s officials today — let them know that they need to keep their promise to provide lifetime care for these chimpanzees.

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Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

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Help Abandoned Chimpanzees in Liberia

This year, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) abandoned more than sixty chimpanzees that it had used in research and testing for decades. These animals, located in Liberia — a country on the west coast of Africa — were left in danger of dehydration or starvation and need our help. We are rallying on October 15, along with other animal advocates, in front of NYBC headquarters in New York City to urge the Center to reinstate funding for these chimpanzees. Stand in solidarity with us by writing to NYBC President and CEO Christopher Hillyer today.

In the 1970s, NYBC worked with the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to create Vilab II — a laboratory that obtained and bred chimpanzees for use in research and testing. Once NYBC decided that the chimpanzees were no longer needed for research, it was determined that they would be permanently retired on islands near the lab in Monrovia, Liberia. The chimps still live there today and are completely reliant on humans for their survival, as there is no natural fresh water supply throughout the year, nor enough food.

As The New York Times reported, NYBC withdrew all funding and oversight for these chimpanzees in early March, despite previously committing to a lifetime of care. Since then, The Humane Society of the United States and others stepped in to provide care for the chimpanzees and are working to hold NYBC accountable for their disgraceful actions.


NYBC made a commitment to these chimpanzees, and cannot be allowed to simply walk away and leave them to perish. Please contact NYBC President and CEO Christopher Hillyer and tell him to reinstate funding for these chimpanzees immediately!

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