Urge New York Blood Center to Take Responsibility for the Care of Its Abandoned Chimpanzees in Liberia
After months of confidential negotiations with the New York Blood Center, the Humane Society of the U.S. ended their talks when NYBC made a final offer to supply a scant 2% of the projected funds needed to provide lifetime care for the chimpanzees. The coalition of animal groups supporting the care of these animals were hoping that non-confrontational talks would accomplish what public demands could not—an acknowledgement by NYBC that they should accept financial responsibility for the care of the chimpanzees it once used for its research.
However, an encouraging development came on the heels of these failed negotiations. MetLife, a major NYBC donor that has been urging the company to reach an agreement with HSUS, announced that it “will not consider future financial support until a solution is found” to the long-term care of these chimpanzees. It is hoped that other major supporters will join MetLife in strongly urging NYBC to meet their responsibilities—or risk losing their financial backing its blood-related research.
Send a message to the New York Blood Center demanding that they step up and take responsibility instead of forcing the public to pay for their callous abandonment of animals they used for their benefit.
Urge New York Blood Center to Step Up and Do Their Part
A coalition of animal groups, including NAVS, has stepped up to provide for the needs of more than 60 chimpanzees used by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) for research in Liberia. Fundraising on a special GoFundMe page has raised more than $100,000 and daily food and water deliveries have been resumed. Repairs were made to the delivery boat and the chimpanzees are doing well—for now.
These chimpanzees were essentially abandoned when the NYBC stopped providing money for their care in March 2015. They were left to starve on islands off the coast of Liberia as their caretakers were without resources to provide food and water and without reliable transportation to reach the islands to bring supplies. The chimpanzees were retired from the NYBC’s labs a decade ago and placed on these islands, which have no natural resources for food and lack a steady supply of drinking water.
While the animal protection community is helping to meet the immediate needs of this community of chimpanzees, it is ultimately the responsibility of the NYBC to provide for their care. More than 185,000 signatures were delivered to the NYBC on Tuesday, July 21, as a result of a petition on Change.org. AFacebook page has also been launched to allow everyone to follow the progress on this initiative.
The next step is to persuade the NYBC to take this opportunity to reinstate their financial support for a colony of chimpanzees that exists solely because of their research.
The Chimps Are Counting on You!
You may have heard about the distressing report in the New York Times, which detailed the abandonment of more than 60 chimps used for research in Liberia by the New York Blood Center. The chimps, who were retired from the NYBC’s labs a decade ago, saw all of the funding for their “lifetime” of care withdrawn this past March.
While volunteer caretakers are currently doing their best to provide for the chimps, without immediate support, the animals are facing starvation, dehydration and an uncertain future.
A special GoFundMe page has been set up to provide these much-needed funds. Additionally, we ask that you please sign the Change.org petition urging the New York Blood Center to reconsider their decision to abandon these beautiful animals.
Thank you for all of your support, compassion and advocacy.