President's Letter - Winter 2013

Winter 2013

This letter was featured in the Winter 2013 edition of our Chimp Chatter Newsletter. Click here to check it out!

Dear Sanctuary Friends,

It’s a busy time of year here at Chimps Inc. We just wrapped up our largest event of the year which kept us busy for months in preparation.  Thanks to our sponsors, friends and family members, it was another successful year for our 13th annual Civil War fundraiser. We are delighted to have raised $45,000 which ensures that we are able to continue providing our animal residents with the expert care that they deserve.

We are excited about the great deal of progress that has been made this year in the efforts to improve the treatment of chimpanzees in the United States. This June, the National Institute of Health (NIH) officially retired 300 federally owned chimpanzees from biomedical research (leaving only about 50 for possible future research needs) with plans to eventually transfer them to a sanctuary. Also in June, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) submitted a proposal to protect all chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act, regardless of whether they are wild or captive. No decision has been released as of yet. Then in late November, President Obama signed a bill eradicating a spending limit for federally owned chimpanzees in sanctuaries. According to the New York Times, the bill “allows [NIH] to spend money to support the chimps in retirement that would have been used to support them in research labs.” In addition, an animal rights group is currently lobbying to award human rights to all chimpanzees living in the state of New York and requesting that they be moved to a NAPSA (North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance) accredited sanctuary. We are thrilled with these monumental steps towards protecting our closest living relatives and hope that these efforts continue to progress in the months to come.

As most of you know, we are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved Maggie, who passed away suddenly on October 29 from unexpected complications related to heart disease. Maggie was the perfect example of how ex-pet and entertainment chimps continue to suffer daily from the trauma and abuse they were previously subjected to, long after they are rescued and brought to sanctuary. Though Maggie was sweet and playful, she lived in a constant state of anxiety that no doubt contributed significantly to her death. I want to thank each and every person out there who supported our sanctuary and staff during this difficult time. Your compassion means the world to us.

There are many different ways to support the sanctuary during the holiday season! Consider Chimps Inc. merchandise or our “Adopt A Resident” program for gifts this year, or make a general donation to directly support the animals in our care. Check out our website for more ideas and details.

As a nonprofit organization, we rely solely on donations from generous people like you to help us fulfill our mission. Please rest assured that 100% of your donation goes to the care of these animals, and it is only because of your support that we continue to be one of the top sanctuaries in North America. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your help and dedication to the animals in our care.

Happy Holidays,