July 15, 2015
New York Blood Center Shirks Responsibility for Liberia Chimpanzees
After months of public pressure from individuals and animal protection groups led by The Humane Society of the United States to renew funding for the care of 66 chimpanzees in Liberia, The New York Blood Center issued a statement denying any responsibility for the care of the animals it used over decades for invasive research.
Kathleen Conlee, vice president of animal research issues at The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following response:
“It is appalling that the New York Blood Center is trying to wipe its hands of any responsibility for this colony of chimpanzees that they created and used for their own profit. The Liberian government and the animal welfare community cannot take on the financial burden of caring for these creatures, and they shouldn’t have to. The NYBC has hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year and is fully capable of supporting these chimpanzees. We have repeatedly reached out to the Center to find a long-term solution, but all of our requests have been ignored. The NYBC cannot simply walk away and forget about these chimpanzees.”
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