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Neighbors of NY Blood Center Board Member Lash Out at Chimp Advocates During Nighttime Protests

June 13, 2016 by Leave a Comment


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During two nighttime protests at the home of NY Blood Center (NYBC) board member Michael Hodin, many area residents descended from their buildings to express their outrage at being disturbed after dark.

“My baby is sleeping,” said one angry man who confronted the protesters. “Give me your address, and I’ll come to your house.”

Neighbors express their outrage at being disturbed at night by chimp advocates.

Neighbors express their outrage at being disturbed at night by chimp advocates.

Activists began protesting at night only after more than a dozen daytime protests failed to persuade Hodin and his colleagues to reinstate funding for the 66 chimpanzees who they abandoned on islands in Liberia with no food or water.

“Most of these people ignored us for months when we politely asked them to contact Michael Hodin about the chimp crisis, so they shouldn’t be surprised that we came back at night – when we thought we could get their attention.” said Elena Natale, an activist who has protested at the same location several times during the day. “How odd that people explode over an hour’s worth of noise but show no anger at all about the abandonment of 66 chimps despite being made aware of the crisis week after week.”

The blood center did not acknowledge the grass roots campaign demanding that it reinstate funding for the chimps until the activists began protesting at night. “NYBC has made it clear that disruption is the only language they understand,” added Natale.

In a Q&A on its website, NYBC suggests that the chimp advocates are "bullies" who "encourage terrorism."

In a Q&A on its website, NYBC suggests that the chimp advocates are “bullies” who “encourage terrorism.”

In response to the anger, activists told area residents to complain to Michael Hodin and NYBC and noted that they will continue protesting at night until the organization fulfills its promise to provide lifelong care for the chimps.

For a thirty year period starting in the mid-1970s, NYBC conducted experiments on over 400 hundred chimpanzees in Liberia, where they could capture, breed and experiment on them with little regulatory oversight. After the research was conducted, NYBC moved the survivors onto six islands with no natural food or water and made a public commitment to provide them with lifelong care.

Chimps in Liberia left to die by the New York Blood Center

Chimps in Liberia left to die by the New York Blood Center

In May, 2015, the NY Times reported that NYBC had “withdrawn all funding,” leaving the chimps to die of starvation and thirst. In order to keep the chimps alive, Liberians who had been employed by NYBC to deliver food and water, began to care for them on a volunteer basis. With virtually no resources and burdened by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, these volunteers kept the chimpanzees alive until a coalition of over 30 animal conservation groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), raised funds from the public to pay for the chimps’ care on an emergency basis.

At a press conference on May 19th organized by HSUS, NY State Senator Tony Avella and NY State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal condemned NYBC’s actions and demanded that the group resume funding for the chimps.

NY State Senator Tony Avella Demands that NY Blood Center reinstates funding for the 66 chimps who they abandoned.

NY State Senator Tony Avella Demands that NY Blood Center reinstates funding for the 66 chimps who they abandoned.

Your Turn

Sign the Care2 petition and NYCLASS petitions to MetLife, NYBC’s largest corporate donor.

Join the Facebook page: New York Blood Center: Do the Right Thing to stay apprised of news and to participate in online actions to pressure NYBC board members to fulfill their promise to provide lifelong care to their laboratory chimps.

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  3. Barbara Stiles says:

    NYBC keeps adding info (slanted to favor them) to their home site. They recently stated: ” 2015: NYBC concluded it could no longer divert funds from its important lifesaving mission here at home. In January, NYBC gave the Liberian government notice that it would no longer be providing voluntary charitable support and expected the government to assume the care of the chimps per the original agreement. A number of organizations, including Humane Society International, took control of the chimpanzee sanctuary.”

    Sounds nice, huh? The Humane Society took control of the chimp sanctuary. NO MENTION OF THE GOFUNDME ACCOUNT SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO KEEP THE CHIMPS ALIVE AFTER NYBC LEFT THEM TO DIE!!! As to the fact NYBC could “no longer divert funds from it’s important lifesaving mission here at home”…THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE “DIVERSION” OF $9 MILLION DOLLAR PENSION AND SALARY PROGRAM FOR THE 19 HONORARY DIRECTORS & TRUSTEES THAT WAS SET UP. How in the name of all that is holy, can NYBC cut off $360,000 to care for their research chimps, but STILL “DIVERT” $9 MILLION on Pension Plans and Salary Raises for Non-Employees. People that in other 501’s don’t get paid??? NYBC reeks of corruption and lies. No money for chimps? oh, but you have $9 Million for Billionaire + Millionaires offering their help “out of the goodness of their hearts”. NYBC, WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES???? I for one am getting really tired of reading their ridiculous statements which add more disbelief to all they post! Stop your lies and falsifications, NYBC. YOU ARE BUSTED. THE TRUTH IS SURFACING!

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