Abandoned: The New York Blood Center and The Chimps They Left Behind

By: Jacob Halpenny

In March of 2015 the New York Blood Center cut off all funding to sixty-six dependent Chimpanzees. Having cared for the Chimps for a decade the NYBC has inexplicably  cut all resources and has since ceased all experimentation upon the Chimpanzees. The obsequious Chimps have since been "retired" but, unable to care for themselves (raised in captivity), the Chimps' future is uncertain. 

The island, the apes  call home has been (euphemistically) titled Planet of The Apes,  is apart of Liberia and since the departure of NYBC has prompted a coalition of Non-For-Profit groups and charities to join forces with the Liberian government. On the ground, and contributing to the cause is  Jim and Jenny Desmond. Jim, a wildlife veterinarian, and Jenny are both experienced and have both worked in wildlife conservation and protection worldwide. "We are  researching exactly what happened to the chimps during their time in the protocols" Jenny explains "some [were] anesthetized over 400 times and infected with Hepatitis [by NYBC] and more and profiling each individual still remaining here alive." 

Jim and Jenny fed the chimps for the first time since NYBC's departure. "These are the first daily feedings these Chimps have had since they were caged in 10 X 10 cages for NYBC protocols." The Liberian government has slated the NYBC for arbitration with the intention of having them continue to fulfill their responsibility with the chimps. It costs $30,000 dollars U.S.to feed the Chimps on a monthly basis and without the support of the NYBC, the Liberian government has already accrued millions of dollars in expenses caring for the Chimps. 

The Humane Society of the United States has since set up a "GoFundMe" webpage and donations and support can be offered here: http://www.gofundme.com/abandonedchimps. As the chimps have all grown and developed in captivity they are unable to support themselves or their young, consequently additional birth-control methods have been created to help reduce the amount of chimps that require assistance. 

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