After 30 years’ worth of medical experiments, 60 chimpanzees were freed from a lab in 2015. The New York Blood Center was using the primates to test a Hepatitis B vaccine and when their experiment was concluded, they released the animals on a set of estuary islands in Liberia. While this may sound like good news, life for the chimpanzees was not improved.
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After living their entire lives within the confines of a medical laboratory, the chimps don’t have the necessary skills to survive on their own. They lived for generations in cages while enduring regular experimentation. When they were no longer useful, NYBC abandoned them to the grim fate of starvation and dehydration.
They needed immediate help, but NYBC refused to take responsibility. That’s when The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) stepped in. By working with several other organizations in the area, they provided emergency relief for the chimps. They kept them fed and healthy, but after months went by with no change, they needed a long-term solution.
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It took two years, but the HSUS has finally come to terms with NYBC. Through continued pressure to provide care for the chimps, the HSUS announced on Tuesday that they (and the chimps) have finally won. NYBC has agreed to allocate $6 million to the HSUS to put toward food, water, shelter and medical care for the growing population of former lab animals. With the money, HSUS has taken full responsibility for the well-being of the chimps. The population includes individuals of varying ages and many have more than 40 years left to live. The HSUS will be their permanent support system for surviving in the wild and enjoying their freedom from experimentation.
These chimps on islands in Liberia will finally get the care they deserve.
Posted by The Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Future plans for the chimpanzee care includes a basic wildlife facility that will be the first chimpanzee sanctuary in Liberia. The $6 million will be put to good use, but HSUS is reaching out to the public for further funding. All donations will be used to make improvements to the sanctuary and give the neglected chimpanzees the best chance at life.
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