New York Blood Center Abandons Chimpanzees
Friday, May 29, 2015 12:20 PM

The chimpanzees have endured civil war in Liberia, going weeks at a time without food or water. Caregivers have risked their lives to go out to the islands to feed them, at times attracting fire from the militants.  Agnes Souchal

Today, the New York Times reports the New York Blood Center – an organization with hundreds of millions in assets and with rapidly increasing revenue over the last two years – has abandoned a colony of 66 chimpanzees in Liberia. NYBC exploited these chimpanzees for decades for their own profits, and has now abandoned them. Some of the chimps were captured from the wild, many were used in invasive medical research for decades and suffered during the country’s civil war when they would go weeks without food and water and lost many of their companions.

HSVMA is part of a coalition that includes The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and concerned individuals to help these chimps. Emergency funding has been sent to ensure that the chimps don’t suffer from dehydration and starvation—which is what would have happened if people didn’t respond to this crisis. Learn more on "A Humane Nation"»

You can help provide additional funding for their survival and care through our crowdfunding effort»

We are urging New York Blood Center to reinstate funding immediately and discuss a long-term solution with animal protection and chimpanzee experts to ensure appropriate care for these animals who have been through so much.