In a statement posted on its website
, IBM announced that it has severed all ties with the NY Blood Center on account of the organization's decision to abandon 66 chimpanzees with no food or water on islands in Liberia. IBM joins NYBC's other long term corporate partners, MetLife
, in demanding accountability from the organization.
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IBM severs ties with NY Blood Center over chimp abandonment[/caption]
The announcement, which states that IBM has suspended its blood drives, marks the end of a 54 year relationship between IBM and NYBC.
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IBM has terminated its 54 year partnership with IBM on account of the abandoned chimps[/caption]
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IBM donated space to the New York Blood Center for blood drives.[/caption]
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IBM's decision to sever ties with the NY Blood Center marks the end of a 54 relationship.[/caption]
The news comes after a protest at IBM
and months of discussions with animal welfare advocates who have been working to convince NYBC's corporate parters to demand accountability from the organization.
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The Care2 petition asking IBM to demand accountability from NYBC was signed by over 163,000 people.[/caption]
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The NY Blood Center abandoned 66 chimps on islands with no natural food or water and cut all funding for their care. Here, the chimps await the daily delivery of food and water. (Photo: Jenny Desmond for HSUS)[/caption]
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After NYBC abandoned the chimps, the animals went a week with no food or water.[/caption]
After conducting research experiments on approximately 500 chimpanzees for 30 years and promising to provide the survivors with lifelong care, NYBC decided to abandon the 66 surviving chimps with no food or water on islands in Liberia, leaving them to die of starvation and thirst.
Using money donated by the public, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has stepped in on an emergency basis to cover the monthly costs associated with feeding the chimps.
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Among the many organizations that have spoken out against the New York Blood Center are Citigroup, MetLife and the Jane Goodall Institute[/caption]
Dr. Jane Goodall, one of many leaders in the animal welfare community who have spoken out against NYBC’s decision to starve their chimps, wrote the following in a letter to the organization’s CEO, Christopher Hillyer, “I find it completely shocking and unacceptable that NYBC would abandon these chimpanzees and discontinue support for even their basic needs. Your company was responsible for acquiring these chimpanzees and thus has a moral obligation to continue to care for them for the remainder of their lives.”
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The NY Blood Center made a promise to provide their chimpanzees with lifelong care.[/caption]
In February, TheirTurn's Donny Moss traveled to Liberia to visit and document the abandoned chimps; the Liberians who stepped in on a voluntary basis to save their lives; and Jenny and Jim Desmond, the American couple contracted by HSUS to oversee the care of the chimps.