Don’t Let Retired Chimpanzees Starve


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.


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.


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Photo Credit: Matthew Hoelscher

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  1. Another case of primates showing more morality and brains than scientists?…

  2. Stan Benton says:

    It’s sad to learn that NYBC is such a bunch of sickos, but then, I guess any organization that would subject kidnapped innocent animals to “medical testing” for years has to be pretty sick to begin with.

  3. What the F@#K is wrong with these people (oh, and I use the word ‘people’ very loosely) ??? It’s sick enough that they abused, tortured and most likely even killed helpless animals for unnecessary experiments. And now they don’t care if these same helpless animals starve to death? There truly is EVIL in this world !!!!

  4. Hillyer motherfucker, if you are not able to take care of chimps after to ture you made them, stop abusing animals. I propose to make tests on you instead bastatd

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  6. caryl sawyer says:

    A comforting thought: Hilyer will be mentioned in history books of the future as an example of rampant greed in the 21st century. Hope his descendants don’t have to change their name.

  7. you lot in the USA are a pathetic lot of heathens not happy unless you are hurting inoccent animals just like every other country UK included a planet with half decent men that is what we need

  8. You’re intelligent, you employed them, you have the wherewithal! — DO THE RIGHT THING BY OUR CHIMPS! ENSURE they continue living their lives happily, in good health and comfortably.

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