Monday, December 11, 2006

OSU Doing Nothing to Help (again)

Next week, in Austin, TX, there will be a court hearing to allow Darrell, Sarah, Sheba, Keeli, Ivy, Harper and Emma to make Chimp Haven their permanent home. Although many people and organizations have spent a large amount of time, energy, and money cleaning up the mess that OSU created when they dumped the chimps and monkeys at the dilapidated, substandard PPI facility, OSU continues to turn their back on the animals that served them for over 20 years. OSU failed to heed warnings from numerous international experts. They failed to investigate when Kermit and Bobby died. They did nothing as reports of the deteriorating conditions were presented to the courts and the media. Now that the chimpanzees have been transferred to Chimp Haven, that provides a beautiful home, expert veterinary care, and has reunited the chimps with one another in their original group, OSU maintains their silence and refuses to even send a letter of support to the court. The chimps have been rescued and relocated to the country's premiere chimpanzee sanctuary at private expense. OSU could support their permanent retirement to this exceptional facility, but they continue to sit quietly and watch from the side-lines. It is long past time for them to step up!

Please call President Karen Holbrook at (614) 292-2424 and urge her to do the right thing for the chimpanzees and for OSU. OSU should support the permanent relocation of the chimps to Chimp Haven by communicating with the court and by providing funds to Chimp Haven.