The Abandoned Blood Chimps

Updated : Oct 13, 2019 in Articles

The Abandoned Blood Chimps


On March 5th, 2015 more than 60 chimpanzees were abandoned in Liberia by the New York Blood Center. These chimps, some of whom were violently taken from their mothers in the wild, were subject to the NYBC’s invasive medical testing for decades. Their pain and suffering has led to the development of a hepatitis B vaccine. A vaccine which has been administered in over 1 billion doses since 1982. In addition to medical testing these chimpanzees also suffered greatly during the Liberian Civil War. Throughout this bloody conflict they would sometimes go weeks without food or water and had to endure the emotional pain of losing many of their companions. After profiting millions of dollars, the NYBC relocated the remaining chimpanzees to islands. Having lived up to 25 years in captivity, they are now completely reliant on humans for survival. Last year, The New York Blood Center, a company with over $400 million dollars in assets, a company that accepts millions of dollars in donations, suddenly cut all funding to the care of these helpless animals despite recognizing, quote “its responsibility to provide an endowment to fund the Sanctuary for the lifetime care of the chimpanzees.” – 2005, Dr Alfred M. Prince, director of the Vilab II project These chimps have been suffering their entire lives while helping billions of people around the world. They are now abandoned and in severe danger of dehydration and starvation. It’s our turn to help them. Here’s what we can do Contact NYBC President and CEO Christopher Hillyer and tell him to reinstate funding for these chimpanzees. Sign Dr. Brian Hare’s petition on Change.org Donate to the Human Society of the United States’ “Save the Abandoned Chimps” GoFundMe account

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