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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened during yesterday's hearing? I've searched the internet, but I have not found any information! Thank you.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What now?

Chimp Haven directors sued; group claims mismanagement

The suit cites instances in which the plaintiffs accuse the directors of making poor decisions about personnel and maintaining the chimps in social groups at the facility. One such instance plaintiffs claim lead to the death of a chimp named Woodruff, who was placed in a group with three other aggressive male chimpanzees and later found dead from "a heart attack bought on by a combination of an attack upon him from other chimpanzee in his group. ..."

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is hard to imagine that any judge would find that a former employee who was dismissed and a woman who wasn't able to buy her way onto Chimp Haven's board will have legal standing. Remember, the judge in San Antonio ruled that Stephany and Klaree didn't have standing to save the chimps from well documented neglect at PPI.

Given the timing of this, it looks like somebody cares more about getting attention than the well-being of the chimps.

6:20 PM  

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