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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Matthew Hoelscher