Target: Steven Kandarian, President of Metlife, Inc.
Goal: Withhold donations to the New York Blood Center until it cares for the chimps it abandoned.
From the mid-1970s to 2005, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) exploited a colony of chimpanzees in Liberia for biomedical research. The organization captured, bred and experimented on hundreds of chimps with impunity.
When the NYBC was finished with its research, it transported the surviving 67 chimps onto six islands in Liberia and one island in Ivory Coast. At first it appeared that the blood center was committed to providing life-long care for the animals. In December 2005, Alfred Prince, director of the research project, wrote that his organization “recognizes its responsibility to provide an endowment to fund the sanctuary for the lifetime care of the chimpanzees.”
By 2007, however, the NYBC had withdrawn all support for the retired chimps, exposing them to extreme hunger and thirst. According to a report by the New York Times, “there is little to no natural food on the islands and the animals were completely dependent on their caretakers, who were feeding them every other day.” Furthermore, “there is no fresh water on the islands and the water system has broken down.”
Since that time, volunteers have managed to keep the chimps alive, and the Humane Society of the U.S. has worked with over 30 animal conservation groups to raise the money needed to care for the abandoned animals, which is about $30,000 per month.
Considering that the NYBC refuses to even comment on the crisis, it is time to target its biggest financial supporters. One of these supporters is Metlife, Inc. As the NYBC’s largest corporate donor, Metlife is in a unique position to pressure the blood center to fulfill its moral obligation to the animals it used and abused for three decades.
Thus far, Metlife has declined to take any action on behalf of the chimps. This is unacceptable. Please sign the below petition demanding that the corporation exert its influence over the NYBC to get adequate care for the chimpanzees reinstated.
The New York Blood Center (NYBC), one of your beneficiaries, has a moral obligation to the 67 chimps it abandoned in 2005. These animals were captured, bred and experimented on against their will for three decades. It is unconscionable that, once its research was complete, the NYBC refused to care for the chimps, leaving them to die of hunger and thirst.
The public has been keeping the deserted chimps alive since 2007, without any help from the NYBC. This has to change. As the blood center’s largest corporate donor, you are in a position to hold it responsible for its actions. I urge you to do the right thing and withhold all funding for the NYBC until it agrees to provide life-long care for the chimps it so shamelessly exploited.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe