from In Defense of Animals (IDA) -
Alamogordo, NM (June 25, 2001) - Yet another young
chimpanzee has died from negligence at the notorious Coulston
Foundation, In Defense of Animals (IDA) charged today.
According to whistleblowers who initially contacted
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a chimpanzee named Gina
died on June 5 after she had been locked outside in searing heat for
A list of chimpanzees at Coulston obtained through the
Freedom of Information Act shows two chimpanzees named Gina and Jena.
Gina would have been only 12 years old at the time of this death, while
Jena would have been only 17.
The whistleblowers allege that she died from causes
related to the sun and heat. According to National Weather Service
climatologist James Ashby (775-674-7010), the temperature recorded at
Holloman Air Force Base reached 91 degrees on June 5. Because the day
was clear, with 40-mile visibility, both the sun and the heat beat down
on Gina for hours.
Gina died at Coulston's LaVelle Road facility, which is
near Holloman Air Force Base.
According to IDA, Gina's death is simply the latest in a
long line of negligent, preventable chimpanzee deaths at Coulston, which
is the only lab in the 35-year history of the Animal Welfare Act to have
three sets of formal U.S. Department of Agriculture charges filed
against it for negligent primate deaths.
On August 24, 1999, Coulston signed a federal consent
decree with the USDA which mandated, among other things, that the lab
must "fully comply" with the Animal Welfare Act. Since that time, every
single USDA inspection report has documented violations of both the
federal order and the Act, while Gina is at least the third chimpanzee
to have died from negligence during that time span. The USDA currently
has open investigations into the deaths of the two others, Donna and
"Gina is simply the latest victim of Coulston's
negligence and the government's willful failure to enforce the law,"
said IDA Research Director Eric Kleiman. "The federal government must
take over this abysmal lab - before it kills again - and permanently
retire the over 300 chimpanzees imprisoned there."
WHAT YOU CAN DO: DEMAND THAT ACTION BE TAKEN NOW!!
Please contact your Congressional Representatives and
ask them to see that the remaining 300 chimps are placed in a loving
sanctuary where theywill at long last be cared for under decent
conditions. This abhorrent situation must not be allowed to continue.
and from PeTA:
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REWARDS UNETHICAL AND POSSIBLY
The Coulston Foundation (TCF) is a chimpanzee
laboratory/death camp located in Alamogordo, New Mexico, that is guilty
of killing dozens of chimpanzees and violating hundreds of provisions of
the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
In 1999, as part of its settlement agreement with the
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding violations of
the AWA, TCF agreed to divest itself of 300 chimpanzees and restrict the
breeding and acquisition of new chimpanzees. TCF also agreed that in
order to breed chimpanzees, it would have to identify to the USDA
"long-term funding sources" for the animals.
Recently, 14 chimpanzees were born as a result of
breeding by TCF. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is planning to
buy the infants for $400,000, despite already owning a "surplus" of
chimpanzees. According to Judith Vaitukaitis, director of NIH's National
Center for Research
Resources, her office was concerned that the animals
"would be sold to the entertainment business" if NIH didn't act. The
fact that NIH has to bail TCF out by purchasing the animals proves that
it did not identify "long-term funding sources" for the animals as
required by the USDA, thereby making the breeding of the 14 chimpanzees
NIH should not reward TCF for breeding chimpanzees when
there is no place for the ones currently being "retired" from research
and when the foundation may have done so illegally; the infants should
be seized and placed in an appropriate sanctuary. Instead of prolonging
the suffering endured by animals at TCF and exacerbating the "surplus"
chimpanzee crisis by continually devising new, innovative, and possibly
illegal ways to keep TCF afloat, NIH should close this notorious
facility, thereby saving taxpayer dollars and animal lives.
Please write the USDA and demand that it fine TCF
$100,000 if TCF violated its agreement with the agency in any way
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