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Abandoned chimpanzees in Liberia


UPDATE!

May 30, 2017

 

Success! After two years of public pressure, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) has finally accepted responsibility for their actions after stranding over 60 chimpanzees without food or water on several isolated islands in Liberia. The agreement, made with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), states that the NYBC will provide $6 million (roughly half the cost of long-term care) for the retired research chimpanzees. The HSUS has agreed to provide the remaining funds and assume permanent responsibility for providing lifetime care for the chimpanzees. 

 

The NYBC had used the chimpanzees for research  in Liberia for the development and testing of  Hepatitis B vaccines. NYBC had been funding the island sanctuaries for the retired chimps until the spring of 2015 when they abruptly ended their support. Resources that allowed for the chimps’ basic care and feeding ceased and emergency action was required to save the lives of the chimpanzees (none of which were able to survive on their own on the isolated islands). Since the NYBC ceased funding the chimpanzees, a coalition of animal and conservation organizations including FOUR PAWS, rose up to defend the cause and mounted support.

 

FOUR PAWS is thrilled that a long-term solution for the chimpanzees’ care has finally been achieved and that NYBC is once again upholding their obligation to provide lifetime care for these chimpanzees who gave their lives for human health research. 


Update

September 2, 2016

 

Great news! One of the major donors to the New York Blood Center (NYBC) has just announced their disappointment concerning NYBC's treatment of the chimpanzees! Here's MetLife's statement below:

 

The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a leader in blood related research and its work has led to the saving of countless lives. Some of that research relied on the use of chimpanzees for testing and as a result NYBC should provide financial support for the care of these animals.

 

MetLife has been actively urging NYBC to work with the Humane Society to reach a sustainable, long-term solution for the care of the chimpanzees in Liberia. We will continue blood collection as it is essential to support the lives of our fellow New Yorkers, but MetLife has informed NYBC that we will not consider future financial support until a solution is found.

 

For more updates, please check out the Facebook page below.


Save the abandoned chimps! In collaboration with several other organizations from around the world, FOUR PAWS is part of a coalition to save 66 chimpanzees who were left stranded without food or water on several isolated islands in Liberia. The chimps were formally used in biomedical research by the New York Blood Center (NYBC), who until this spring had been funding the island sanctuaries for the retired chimps. Without the NYBC’s funds, the resources for the chimps’ basic care and feeding ceased to exist and emergency action to save the lives of the chimps was needed! This is the coalition’s current focus, along with finding a long-term solution to ensure the humane, lifetime care of the chimpanzees. This includes holding the NYBC accountable for its actions and demanding they uphold their obligation to provide lifetime care for the chimps by reinstating funding for the sanctuary.

 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/abandonedchimps/timeline

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/new-york-blood-center-don-t-abandon-chimpanzees-for-whom-you-promised-to-provide-lifetime-care


Coalition member FOUR PAWS USA shows their support for the chimps. To see more photos visit "Save the Abandoned Chimps" on Facebook.

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