Support Abandoned Research Chimpanzees

Common Chimpanzee - Thomas Lersch

Target: Dr. Christopher D. Hillyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Blood Center

Goal: Financially support dozens of abandoned chimpanzees after their use in medical testing.

More than 60 chimpanzees have been left forgotten and starving on the islands of Liberia despite a promise by the New York Blood Center to financially support them for the remainder of their lives. For over 30 years, these chimps were used in the blood center’s hepatitis research that was conducted in a Liberian lab through a partnership with the Liberian government. However, over a decade ago, the research was completed and the chimps were left to roam free on their own series of islands. For 10 years, the blood center supported the animals that had worked for them.

However, in 2015, the blood center ended its financial funding of the chimps. This left only the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to care for the animals. It is a costly endeavor, about $20,000 a month, which the institute cannot manage alone.

The islands on which the chimps now live are not able to sustain natural food sources and do not offer drinkable water, and the animals are not accustomed to finding food on their own. After 30 years in captivity and being subjected to research for the profit of one organization, these chimps have been left to fend for themselves.

The New York Blood Center sees yearly revenues of more than $300 million. It has the assets available to care for the animals that were forced to give up more than half of their lives for experimentation and research. Sign the petition to demand that the blood center take responsibility for the chimpanzees while also maintaining its promise to the animals and the Liberian government.


Dear Dr. Hillyer,

Beginning in the 1970s, the New York Blood Center began a 30-year research program on hepatitis using chimpanzees as experimentation subjects. The animals were subjected to numerous studies and drugs, oftentimes with damaging consequences. When the research ended and the animals retired, they were left to roam on their own islands and were supported for more than a decade by your organization.

However, your organization has since cut off funding for these chimps that have done so much for it. The islands the chimps inhabit do not offer much food or water and the Liberian Institute for Biological Research, with whom you once had a strong partnership, has been forced to foot the bill of more than $20,000 a month to support the animals you have abandoned.

For 30 years, all these animals knew was experimentation while depending on the care of others. Now they have been forgotten. With a revenue of more than $300 million a year, your organization is more than capable of supporting these struggling animals. I demand that you take action to care for the chimpanzees that are now living out the final years of their lives in starvation.


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  1. Natasha polychuk says:

    fuckin assholes should be in jail for what they done to theses animals!!!!!!!!

  2. These poor chimps did their time. Now it’s your time to care for them as promised. Abandoning them is a mongrel act.

  3. NY Blood Centre – you are an absolute disgrace. Animals are not garbage to be used up and thrown away. This Company are proving right to the end what an unethical company it is – who would trust them if they can’t take care of the beings that helped them make their dollars???

  4. Linda Amundson says:

    NY Blood Center has earned a reputation for cruelty, callousness, and greed. Congratulations on being one of the most widely known companies in America for animal cruelty and irresponsibility. It’s not too late to pull NYBC out of the cesspool by providing properly for the chimps you used and abused for so many years. If you do not do what you KNOW is the right thing, your company deserves to go out of business, the sooner the better.

    Guess you, “Dr.” Hillyer became a doctor strictly for the money, as you are certainly without care or compassion, and what you’ve done and are doing to these chimps is more like psychopathic behavior. You would not be the first psychopathic doctor.

  5. Horrible. Horrible, horrible, horrible.

  6. The NY Blood Centre is now well known worldwide for its lack of responsibility and compassion – what a reputation to have !
    Do the right thing for these abandoned chimps and you could redeem some credibility.

  7. Sydney Myers says:

    Isn’t it bad enough that these poor helpless animals were used for research? At the very least, they should be properly taken care of for the rest of their lives. WTF is wrong with humanity? Plain and simple, this is just completely unacceptable – i.e. torturing animals in the name of human research … and then tossing them out like trash. These are living creatures. What they have in common with humans is that they can feel pain and experience a variety of emotions and behaviors. What they don’t have in common is that they would never do to humans what was done to them. I guess that makes them the superior species.

  8. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    These fck tards need to rot in hell for what these poor animals endured❗️?
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