Jane Goodall Makes Urgent Plea For Abandoned Chimps

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.

On Wednesday, Goodall called upon the NYBC to take responsibility for the 66 chimpanzees for whom the organization cut funding earlier this year.

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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.

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.

Goodall and many others don't see it that way.

Click here to read and sign the petition to urge the NYBC to "reinstate funding for this chimpanzee colony before it's too late."

Read more about the history of these abandoned chimps.