Target: Christopher D. Hillyer, President and CEO of New York Blood Center
Goal: Force the New York Blood Center to take responsibility of their former lab chimps and continue caring for them.
Dozens of chimpanzees that were abused for years in the name of research were dumped on a series of islands in Liberia when deemed no longer useful by the New York Blood Center (NYBC). The islands have no natural food source, so the chimpanzees have been dependent on the caretakers who dropped food off. However, the NYBC has announced that they will no longer be providing food for these chimpanzees and therefore letting them starve to death. The NYBC stated that they “never had any obligation” to care for the chimpanzees after they dropped them on the island.
Thankfully, the Humane Society got word of the chimpanzees and with the help of other animal welfare groups, donations and volunteers, the chimpanzees are still being cared for.
While donations help very much, the NYBC should be held responsible for caring for these animals. These chimpanzees endured years of painful procedures including numerous liver biopsies. The NYBC decided to take in these living creatures which means they are responsible for them until their deaths. Living beings are not something you can toss aside when one decides they are no longer useful.
Sign this petition and demand the NYBC to take responsibility for the chimpanzees they decided to take in beforehand.
Dear Mr. Hillyer,
Throughout the years, your organization has taken in many chimpanzees to use for research. These chimps were subjected to many painful procedures while they stayed in your facility. Some of these procedures left the chimps with permanent damage. When your organization considered them no longer useful, they were brought to a series of islands. The problem with these islands is that there is no natural food source. The chimpanzees have been surviving thanks to the food and water you’ve been providing.
Now your organization has decided to stop providing these chimpanzees with food because you “never had any obligation” to care for them once they arrived at the island. If you did not want to care for these living beings after they were no longer considered useful then that is something you should’ve thought about when you first took in these chimps, or you could have placed somewhere they could find food.
Living beings are not disposable. It is your responsibility to care for the chimpanzees you abused for so long. There are many options including keeping the supply of food and water steady or bringing them to an accredited sanctuary. Do the right thing and do not abandon these chimpanzees.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jenny Desmond