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Animal Rights Activists Protest HSUS Board Members in NYC and LA Over Animal Cruelty at Project Chimps

November 13, 2020 by Leave a Comment

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Several dozen animal rights activists in New York protested at the Upper East Side home of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) board member Sharon Lee Patrick over her ongoing refusal to address the inhumane living conditions at Project Chimps, an HSUS sanctuary in Georgia. The protest came just one week after Los Angeles-based activists with Progress for Science staged a similar protest at the Santa Monica home of another HSUS board member, Steven White, who is a managing director of the international investment firm Angelo Gordon.

Activists began protesting HSUS board members in July, 2020, after less confrontational approaches failed to compel HSUS to acknowledge a litany of animal welfare issues raised in a letter to the board sent by 22 people who either worked for or volunteered at Project Chimps. The welfare issues cited in the letter include poor veterinary care, overcrowding, rushed chimpanzee introductions, a lack of sufficient enrichment and infrequent access to the outdoor habitat.

Among the most contentious issues raised in the letter is infrequent access to the outdoors. According to the whistleblowers, the 78 chimpanzees at Project Chimps can access the outdoor habitat for just 10 hours a week. They spend the rest of their waking hours in enclosed concrete rooms that HSUS and Project Chimps describe as “porches” that are “outdoors.” This deficiency triggered the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), a renowned legal advocacy group, to issue a public statement calling on HSUS and Project Chimps to provide the chimpanzees with daily access to an outdoor habitat.

Excerpt of Project Chimps statement addressing animal mistreatment allegations

During the summer of 2020, National Geographic, which learned about the whistleblower allegations, conducted its own investigation of Project Chimps and published their findings in an in depth story on July 9th. In a letter to the editor, Project Chimps argued that the article was biased and excluded their side of the story.

In addition to protests, animal rights activists are using social media to expose the inhumane living conditions at HSUS’s Project Chimps facility in Georgia

In late October and early November, activists with several grass roots animal rights groups, including Progress For Science and Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), sent letters to the corporations sponsoring HSUS’s annual fundraising gala asking that they confront HSUS about the cruel conditions at Project Chimps. Among the major corporations that have not yet responded are the insurance behemoth Liberty Mutual and PVH Corp, which owns Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and several other luxury fashion brands.

Liberty Mutual, a sponsor of HSUS’s annual “To The Rescue” fundraising gala, ignored letters sent by advocates soliciting their assistance with HSUS

On November 7th, Project Chimps posted a statement on its website defending against specific allegations made by the activists. In the statement, Project Chimps does not validate any of the welfare concerns cited in the letter to the board sent by 22 former employees and volunteers.

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  1. Pro-life says:

    Hey Richard are you also against killing unborn babies? I am trying to get as many animal rights activists as I can!

  2. Pro-choice is Pro -Life! says:

    Donny Pro-Life is Pro-choice! I choose not to kill animals and babies! Why are you against this? Why won’t you help stopping the killing of unborn children?

  3. Pro-choice says:

    Donny Moss you are paranoid. I don’t even live in Brooklyn and this article has nothing to do with Chickens! Has COVID done something to your brain? I am not for the abuse of animals or any living being including unborn babies. Do you like killing unborn babies? Is that why you are accusing me of this? Just wondering how an animal rights activist could also support abortion. I have joined forces with many Animal Rights activists who are against animal sacrifice and killing unborn babies; if you are for killing babies it’s your choice.

  4. Pro-life says:

    Donny! I am a Catholic Vegan! All life is precious both animal and unborn babies. Are you saying you aren’t against abortion?

  5. Pro-life says:

    Donny Moss. What in the world are you talking about? How did you go from abortions to chickens? Are you high?

  6. Richard Dames says:

    Hi Guys.
    Excellent Protest guys. Where is your Petition so we can SIGN and Protest against this. Go to CHANGE.ORG or Lady Free Thinker and create a Petition.
    I don’t want to create one this side, (New Zealand)in case we double up on the same thing.
    I will SHARE the youtube video on my Facebook account so long.

  7. Donny Moss says:

    Pro-life: Does that fact that people have abortions give you a free pass to intensively confine chickens in crates for up to several days with no food or water and then wave them in the air by their fragile (and sometimes broken) wings? You can deflect as much as you want, but that won’t change the fact that you are terrorizing animals in the name of God and in violation of the Torah. #Kaporos

  8. Pro-life says:

    What about Embryo cruelty at Abortion clinics?

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