Don’t Let Retired Lab Chimpanzees Starve to Death

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Target: Christopher D. Hillyer, MD, President and CEO of the New York Blood Center

Goal: Do not stop feeding chimpanzees that company promised to provide care for.

Chimpanzees may soon starve because the organization that said it would provide the animals with food after subjecting them to massive amounts of testing has allegedly decided it’s no longer necessary to do so. If the organization refuses to continue providing care for these chimpanzees, many more companies will likely think it’s OK to treat animals in this deplorable manner.

For 30 years, the NYBC (New York Blood Center) performed medical research on a colony of 66 chimpanzees that were callously snatched from their forest homes. Upon their retirement, the organization’s previous Director, Alfred Prince, wrote in a scientific journal that Monkey Island would become a “dedicated full-time sanctuary” for the animals, but the company now says it will no longer fund the animals’ food.

The NYBC is in no way hurting for cash as it pulls in hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Furthermore, the cost of taking care of these animals does not exceed $360,000 annually.

Sign this petition and tell the NYBC that it needs to do what it said it was going to do in the first place and continue providing these chimpanzees with a livable sanctuary by making sure they are protected and fed. If their heartless ways are overlooked, many more unethical executives are liable to follow in their footsteps.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Hillyer,

Your organization made a commitment to provide several chimpanzees with a livable sanctuary after they were no longer needed for medical testing. If you don’t set an example for other companies that will one day also retire their animals, your actions will show the world that you do not have any sense of morality.

In 2005, one of your directors stated in the American Society of Primatologists Bulletin that the island where the animals were being retired would become “a dedicated full-time sanctuary.” A sanctuary is a place where animals are not only protected from harm but where they are also taken care of for the rest of their lives. Taking care of these animals requires feeding them, as they are unable to successfully hunt and scavenge on their own after being held for years in captivity.

While the cost of taking care of these animals is $30,000 a month, your organization makes hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Therefore, you are able to afford to continue taking care of them.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to uphold your responsibility by continuing to take care of the chimpanzees your company retired. Since these animals helped you to reach new medical feats for years, the least you can do is provide them with food and a relaxing home for the remainder of their days.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Matthew Hoelscher

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20 Comments

  1. Jean Clelland-Morin says:

    Imprisoned Abused and Dumped

  2. Marianne Lindegaard says:

    This is a night mare. Is it really the way you treat already abused animals in USA? When you don’t need them anymore? It is horrible.

  3. Deborah Roth says:

    The CEO of this center and everyone involved in making the decision not to take care of these chimps need to be shot I hope everyone of them gets what they deserve they’ll go to hell their money won’t help them there pathetic evil and corrupt people it sickens me to know there are people in the world like you people like you need to be wiped off the face of the earth

  4. IS THIS NOT CONSIDERED ANIMAL CRUELTY? AND I QUESTION THE CHARACTER OF THE MONSTERS THAT COULD STARVE ANYTHING TO DEATH. MUCH LESS THESE PRECIOUS INNOCENT ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN USED FOR BULLSHIT EXPERIMENTS. I HOPE THOSE THAT HAVE HAD THESE POOR SWEET BABIES UNDER THEIR CONTROL …..DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH. A SLOW EXTREMELY PAINFUL DEATH.

  5. Heather Brophy says:

    Chris, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SHOULD BE TESTED ON, NOT ON INTELLIGENT BEINGS!

  6. Nena Miller says:

    Corporate greed rears its ugly head. These people should be jailed for animal neglect and abuse. These animals really need a sanctuary where they will be cared for and this company should have to pay for every penny of it

  7. caryl sawyer says:

    Hilyer, you are a loser.

  8. Susan Morse says:

    This disgrace needs to get picked up by the news media !!! It needs to become public knowledge so people are aware of the lack of character this organization holds. The brutality these poor sentient beings have been through should be accompanied by grace and provision of ALL their needs until death !!!

  9. FOR CHRIST SAKE HAVEN’T THESE MONKEYS BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH.THE PERPETRATORS OF SUCH EVIL ARE NOT FIT TO BE CALLED HUMAN, THEY HAVE THE BLOODY AUDACITY TO SAY THEY CARE ABOUT THE ANIMALS THEY EXPERIMENT ON…JOKE AND ALL LIES. DO THE RIGHT THING AND GIVE THESE ANIMALS THEIR LIVES BACK THAT’S THE LEAST YOU BARBARIANS CAN DO, ABSOLUTE SHAME ON YOU THIS IS A WICKED EVIL CRUEL PRACTICE, HOW DO YOU PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT.

  10. Manel Dias says:

    These Poor Lab Chimpanzees are already being subjected to the procedures that involve with severe inflicting, pains, & sufferings mentally & physically. They have undergone more than enough violent abuse through the hands of these people who called themselves the scientists. Those mental & physical distresses and the trauma they have to endure is enough punishments for an innocent vulnerable chimpanzees. After making enough money & profit out of their vulnerable defenseless souls now says that no money to feed them? Really? Then cage the man who did the proposal of saying no more funds to feed the chimps. To begin with cage him & starve him first. Then let him understand the gravity of this ruthless, vicious decision that he has taken to control these helpless animals lives. Please Prosecute the people who are evil & barbaric to Animals and now neglecting & letting these innocent Chimps to starve to death under deplorable conditions. THE WORST SYSTEMATIC VIOLATION of ANIMAL CRUELTY…

  11. Kathy Williams says:

    Hey assholes…

    Two words:

    INTEGRITY

    ACCOUNTABILITY

    If you’re unsure of their meanings, Google them.

  12. Judith Mitchell says:

    What??? Chimpanzees are our CLOSEST RELATIVES — and you think it’s perfectly all right to just discard them, and leave them to starve after having subjected them to the torment of having been used as “experimental lab subjects”? I am absolutely shocked! You, in a “medical” field, are supposed to have some compassion. But I guess you’re just the cold, hard, scientific FACT sorts of technicians, not the flesh-and-blood, caring, sort. I add IMMORAL and UNETHICAL to the cold and hard characteristics you are displaying. Triple shame on you all; you are a disgrace to the human species.

    • Kathy Williams says:

      Truthfully, what can anyone expect from a group of greedy, self-serving, often sadistic tyrants?

  13. Stephanie says:

    There is a Go Fund Me page for anyone who would like to contribute to the care of these wonderful chimps “Save the Abandoned Chimps.” http://www.gofundme.com/abandonedchimps

  14. Ravinder Sngh says:

    First you abuse them their whole life and now you are not giving them the food it is like RAPING THEM. it is just that they cannot speak what they have gone through. SHAME.

  15. Sheila Blackwell says:

    What is the point of retiring these poor creatures only to starve them for their years of abuse in using them as test subjects for the benefit of humans. This is just of out and out murder. Down with New York Blood Center.

  16. Karen Remnant says:

    Disgusting attitude! These animals have been abused and now face starving to death! I suggest that amt future experiments are carried out on the CEO and the rest of the board! Utter bastards

  17. Christopher D. Hillyer, MD,????? And you call yourself a doctor???????? SHAME ON YOU PEOPLE !!!!

  18. The newyork blood bank CEO need their ball pulled out…how dare they reneg on a decision to ignore these animals that they have abused for ever sooooo long…shame on u USA for this….and U call the MUSLIMS barbaric….????

  19. inhumane to treat these poor chimps like this after being abused all those years

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