Dr. Jane Goodall has known for quite a while that chimps can't be thrown out as if they're some used-up laboratory materials. But now, she's trying to convince the New York Blood Center (NYBC) to agree.
These chimps spent three decades of their lives in a research facility until the NYBC no longer needed them and sent them to a remote island in LIberia.
For just over seven years, the NYBC provided funding for the chimps who are unable to care for themselves in the wild. That funding ended in March, effectively leaving the abandoned chimps to die.
#Fact At the turn of the 20th century, chimpanzees numbered between 1-2 million. Now there're estimated to be fewer than 300,000 remaining. It's time to get #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime! #WorldWildlifeDay Posted by Dr. Jane Goodall on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
In May, Goodall penned an open letter, calling the NYBC's actions "completely shocking and unacceptable" and urging it to renew its support, but the organization refused to listen.
"NYBC supported the sanctuary voluntarily for more than seven years. We had no obligation to do so," reads the FAQ section on the organization's website.