News & Opinion
Since mid-August, thousands of people around the world have contacted Dr. Laurie Glimcher, a member of the board of the NY Blood Center (NYBC), asking her to reinstate the funds for the chimps who she and other NYBC executives abandoned in Liberia. Dr. Glimcher, who is Dean of Cornell Medical College in NYC, has ignored the personal letters, phone calls, petitions, emails, tweets and Facebook posts.
In September, great ape advocate Robert Ingersoll created a Change.org petition asking Indiana University to cancel a $25,000 award to Dr. Glimcher. When asked for a comment by the Herald Times, an Indiana newspaper that reported on the award, Dr. Glimcher refused to address the chimps, stating “My hope is that this week we can focus on the distinguished history and reputation of the Indiana University School of Medicine Steven C. Beering Award and its contribution to medical research.”
Dr. Glimcher’s silence, lack of compassion and complicity in NYBC’s decision to abandon the chimps have emboldened grass roots activists in NYC, who plan to continue protesting at her office and her six bedroom, seven bathroom apartment on the Upper East Side of New York.
Please join the Facebook page New York Blood Center: Do the Right Thing to join the campaign to compel Laurie Glimcher and the other NYBC board members to reinstate funding for the chimps.