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Petition to New York Blood Center

Don't abandon chimpanzees for whom you promised to provide lifetime care!

Sixty six captive chimpanzees in Liberia, Africa have been abandoned by the New York Blood Center (NYBC)—an organization with assets of $450 million and major corporate partners. The chimpanzees are in danger of dehydration and starvation. Please sign the petition to urge NYBC to reinstate funding for this chimpanzee colony before it’s too late! For years, NYBC used these chimpanzees in medical research, infecting many of them with hepatitis viruses. After decades of confinement, these chimpanzees do not have the skills to survive in the wild. They are completely reliant on humans for survival, but despite previously committing to the lifetime care of these chimpanzees, NYBC recently withdrew all funding for the care of the chimpanzees in March. Effectively they have left these poor chimpanzees to suffer from dehydration and starvation. The New York Blood Center is a large American organization that provides blood, develops blood related products, but it also conducts medical research. In the 1970's, NYBC worked with the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to create Vilab II to obtain and breed chimpanzees for use in medical research. After using and profiting from them for decades, NYBC decided the chimps were no longer needed for future research and retired them to small islands near the lab. NYBC publicly proclaimed their commitment to the lifetime care of the chimpanzees, but walked away from their ethical responsibility when they stopped all funding for the chimpanzees' care. We owe our thanks to the longtime caretakers who have continued to care for the chimpanzees voluntarily but this is not a sustainable solution for the chimpanzees or their caretakers. Without money to provide for the needs of these chimpanzees, they will suffer from dehydration and starvation. These chimps need your voice to survive so please sign my petition asking NYBC to fulfill their promise of lifetime care for these chimpanzees. I will also send your messages to NYBC’s corporate partners (Metlife, IBM and Citigroup) to let them know about your concern. After signing the petition, please visit the fundraising page to donate for the emergency care of these chimps.

Dr. Brian Hare
218,724 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to California National Primate Research Center

UC Davis: Stop Cruel Primate Experiments

This petition is dedicated to raising awareness about the 5,000+ primate who undergo unnecessary/painful testing that goes on behind closed doors at the UC Davis Primate Research Center. #FreeDavisPrimates is a local, peaceful group in Davis, CA that aims to raise awareness about and end the unnecessary/painful testing that goes on at the UC Davis Primate Research Center. Free Davis Primates hosts peaceful, local demonstrations to raise awareness about the primates in our town. Let's use our voices for the voiceless and make a change for these beautiful, social, intelligent creatures who are prisoners in labs of experimentation.  “There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they do now to burning people at the stake in the name of religion.” – Henry J. Bigelow, MD - - -  Harvard University's primate research lab is closing to make way for better, more technologically-advanced options. When will we follow suit, Davis? ( (viv·i·sec·tion noun \ˌvi-və-ˈsek-shən, ˈvi-və-ˌ\: The activity or practice of doing scientific or medical experiments on live animals) "Many primates at UC Davis are used in brain-mapping experiments. These projects attach recording cylinders to the skulls of these innocent animals. Eye coils are implanted. Electrodes are forced into the brain. Primates are also confined to restraint chairs and deprived of water for extended periods of time." [Via] The National Primate Research Center system, (Harvard, Emory, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Oregon Health Sciences University, Tulane, and University of California Davis) uses over $600,000,000 annually.Government waste: Most primates are not used in experiments that study the diseases that kill most Americans. Projects that study primate psychology, alcohol & addictive drugs, brain-mapping, and sex in primates far outnumber studies involving heart disease or cancer.Repetition is rampant among NIH-funded projects. Currently, 175 NIH projects study neural information processing in macaque monkeys. These useless experiments waste over $70 million in federal tax dollars every year. Many of these projects continue on for decades wasting millions of tax dollars each year and victimizing primates for an entire lifetime.Fact sheets: "Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation" - Davis experiments, deaths, infant mortality, government waste: [Please feel free to email us or send us a message on Facebook for additional detailed information on negligence reports from the USDA related to the CNPRC at UC Davis] "I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence." -Gandhi

Lindsay R
11,578 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to John Bel Edwards, Dr. Daniel D. Reneau Jr

Send Hercules and Leo to Save the Chimps! Now.

Please take a moment to sign my petition and tell the Governor of Louisiana and the President of the University of Louisiana System to send Hercules and Leo to Save the Chimps. Now. Hercules and Leo are two young chimpanzees being warehoused at the New Iberia Research Center in New Iberia, Louisiana. I first heard about the pair when they made international news last year after a New York judge ordered Stony Brook University to appear and justify its imprisonment of them following a habeas corpus lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project. At that time Hercules and Leo had been imprisoned in a cage in the basement of a university building for six years. Their muscles were sliced by wires and they were forced to undergo frequent general anesthesia, all in order to satisfy the curiosity of an anatomy professor as to how humans evolved to walk straight-legged. Save the Chimps, a premiere chimpanzee sanctuary in South Florida, has generously offered to take care of Hercules and Leo for the rest of their lives at a projected cost of over $2,000,000. At this chimpanzee sanctuary, Hercules and Leo would live lives of freedom as close to normal as possible in North America, on an island with two dozen other chimpanzees. But the New Iberia Research Center refused the offer, instead spiriting Hercules and Leo out of the jurisdiction of the New York courts while their New York court appeal was pending and bringing them to Louisiana. Please sign my petition and tell the Governor of Louisiana and the President of the University of Louisiana System to send Hercules and Leo to Save the Chimps now. The Nonhuman Rights Project immediately began a public campaign to send Hercules and Leo to Save the Chimps. Jane Goodall, one of the world’s most well-known primate experts, said this about the campaign: "I have followed the sad lives of both Hercules and Leo to date, and I urge New Iberia to allow them to retire and live out the remainder of their lives with dignity. They have suffered long enough, and there can be no excuse for prolonging their lives of servitude." However, New Iberia—for no good reason—refuses to allow Hercules and Leo to go to Save the Chimps. New Iberia imprisons approximately 230 chimpanzees and is among the largest primate research facilities in the country. It is an awful place for primates to be forced to live: New Iberia has been prosecuted by the USDA for over a dozen Animal Welfare Act violations over the last decade, and has paid almost $60,000 in fines. New Iberia ignores the growing trend among American research facilities to release chimpanzees to sanctuaries. Meanwhile, Louisiana taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars at a time of critical state budget shortfalls. Please, let’s demand that New Iberia do the right thing by Hercules and Leo: Tell the Governor and University of Louisiana System President to move Hercules and Leo to Save the Chimps. Now.

10,914 supporters