Lab Chimps ‘Abandoned’ on African Island, Activists Say


Dozens of chimpanzees used in experimental labs in Africa by an American health charity are now living on their own on African islands, where activists say their previous lives in cages have not prepared them to survive in the wild.

The New York Blood Center (NYBC) began experimenting on chimpanzees in collaboration with the Liberian government in the 1970s, before the primates were retired in the mid-2000s to islands in Liberia with financial assistance from the NYBC to aid the chimps’ survival. But in 2015 the center discontinued its funding to the animals care, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which the HSUS says has put all the chimps at risk.

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