As hundreds of workers entered and exited their office building in downtown Oakland on March 18th, one thing became clear to the activists who were outside protesting their neighbor from Suite LL13: Most of them already knew that Owen Garrick abandoned chimpanzees in Liberia from news coverage and prior protests, and most were grateful that people were speaking out on behalf of the chimps.
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If Owen Garrick made one thing clear during the two day protest at his office, it’s that he desperately wants to remain anonymous. Garrick runs a for profit business out of the office of a charity he created. In the days after the protests, he removed his business address from his company’s website, and he removed his name from the staff directory of his own charity.
Owen Garrick ignored all of the courteous letters and emails asking for a meeting to discuss the 66 chimps abandoned in Liberia by the New York Blood Center, where he serves on the board. It should therefore have come as no surprise to him when local animal rights activists showed up at his desk wielding a banner and posters and staged a disruption in the lobby of his building.