De-Fund Lab That Left Chimps to Die on Desert Island


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By 2007, however, the NYBC had withdrawn all support for the retired chimps, exposing them to extreme hunger and thirst.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.


Mr. Kandarian,

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.


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  1. Diane Patry says:

    ASSHOLES….You can use them for your experiments..but when ya don’t need them anymore you discard them like trash and put them on an island with no water…and expect them to fend for themselves you cared for them while you experimented on them what makes you think that they can fend for themselves now Are you an idiot or what…ASSCLOWNS…Do the right thing and care for them like you promised

  2. These researcher’s receive millions of $$$$$ to fund their studies which are done over and over ( ad nauseam) on various animals which are either killed or passed on to other houses of pain to be used again. At least these creatures got to live but without the care of some native people they would have starved. MAKE THE RESEARCH BUSINESS PAY A LOT OF MONEY NOW

  3. Alfred Prince Make good on your promise as a medical institution you fall under the doctors governing and most important ethical promise ” first do NO harm” !!!
    You are a disgrace to all doctors and healers around the world. Step and make right the horrible suffering and death you have caused for innocent animals. Shame shame shame!

  4. Ankea Kkoutas says:

    Alfred Prince this is a disgrace! ! Absolutely wrong and inhumane!! How can you use the chimpanzees for years and then discard the innocent,defenceless animals like rubbish. They have the same basic needs like humans do, they need to be looked after and cared for. Humans took them out of their natural habitat! Rectify your wrongdoings and start looking after them. Shame on you!!!!

  5. What a disgrace, the human race. Your word should be your bond.
    Do the right thing and ensure that money is made available for the humane upkeep of these defenseless animals. STOP THE GREED!!!!

  6. mike penn mike penn says:

    Money and the bottom line rule OK. What shit companies think of their research animals and the views of the public – shareholders should be the next target to get these heartless CEO’s and Directors removed.

  7. Jennifer says:

    The animals matter! You used and researched on them now give them the dignity that so deserve. They just want to live the rest of their natural life free of needles and god knows what else they have been subject too. YOU owe then that. Supply them their basic need of food and water!

  8. Ana French says:

    It is despicable what they have done to these chimps.

    Thay have to be taken to a sanctuary INMEDIATELY. Have some morals.

  9. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  10. cheryl hennon says:

    How heartless and cruel money grabbers can be. Big Shot CEO’s. My aren’t you great!

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