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What is New York Blood Center Board Member Owen Garrick Hiding?

February 1, 2016 by Leave a Comment


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If NY Blood Center Board Member Owen Garrick made one thing clear during the two day protest at his office, it’s that he desperately wants to avoid the spotlight. Garrick runs a for profit business out of the office of a charity he created. His business is not listed on the company directory in the lobby, and after the first two protests, he removed his business address from his company’s website.

Owen Garrick removed the address of his business from his company's website. Is that because he is running it out of the office of a charity he created?

Before and after — Owen Garrick removed the address of his business from his company’s website after the protests. Is that because he is running it out of the office of a charity he created?

He also removed himself from the list of employees of his own charity – the same charity where he operates his business. Before the protests, he was listed as the Treasurer and Founder. His wife continues to be listed on the charity’s website.

After the protests, Owen Garrick removed his name as an employee of the charity he created. He runs his business out of the office of this charity, but his business is not listed on the company directory in the lobby of his building.

After the protests, Owen Garrick removed his name as an employee of the charity he created. He runs his business out of the office of this charity, but his business is not listed on the company directory in the lobby of his building.

Perhaps a desire to remain anonymous is what triggered Garrick to nervously pace the lobby of his building as activists, who staged an unannounced protest, informed his neighbors that he signed off on a plan to leave 66 chimps to die on islands with no food or water.

Owen Garrick paced back and forth as activists protested in the lobby

Owen Garrick paced back and forth as activists protested in the lobby during their first protest, which was unannounced in advance.

One day after staging the unannounced protest, a larger group of approximately 20 protesters paid a second visit to Garrick’s place of business. This time, security was prepared and locked the door to the building — a major inconvenience to the hundreds of people who were coming and going during the rainy lunch hour rush.

While some people were angry about getting wet, others were grateful that people were willing to stand in the rain to be a voice for the chimps abandoned by Owen Garrick and his colleagues on the New York Blood Center’s Board of Trustees. Activists plan a third protest in the coming weeks.

During lunch hour, hundreds of people who work in Owen Garrick's building learned that he abandoned chimpanzees with no food or water.

During lunch hour, hundreds of people who work in Owen Garrick’s building learned that he abandoned chimpanzees with no food or water.

After conducting experiments on several hundred chimpanzees for 30 years at a laboratory in Liberia, the NY Blood Center promised to provide the survivors with lifelong care. In May, 2015, the NY Times reported that the blood center decided to walk away from its $25,000 monthly obligation, arguing that the government of Liberia and animal advocacy groups should pay for the long-term care of the chimps. To date, NYBC has earned an estimated $500 million in royalties off of the research conducted on the chimps.

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  2. Cheyenne says:

    Chimps now, people next

  3. mariaan lotter says:

    you are are history, once a fan now an enemy

  4. mariaan lotter says:

    you are are history, once a fan now an enemy

  5. John SAUERS says:

    WE appear to be getting to them. They truly are poor excuses for medical professionals..

  6. Barbara Stiles says:

    Gee, Looks like Mrs. Garrick (Excuse me Dr. Jocelyn Garrick, who supposedly supports the Hippocratic Oath) in the red coat. She has more guts than here husband. He hides!

  7. Barbara Stiles says:

    Wonderful article. I wonder if he got a price break on his rent for his 501, since that is a ‘charity’? Wonder if management knows he runs a “for profit business” out of his Charity office? Thank you for your info. Keep up the good work!

  8. lisa maclean says:

    Discusting & heartbreaking! Shame on you!

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