CHIMPANZEE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT, MAINTENANCE AND PROTECTION ACT
Young chimps are most desirable for research. After about 4 years of age for whatever reason research/testing isn't as productive/reliable. Chimps can
live for 50 years it's too expensive housing them at research centers. The facility would be more about caring for retired apes than research. In the
past they were euthanized.
I didn't read through it all but the protection act entails setting up sanctuaries for retired research animals. Sounds idyllic and it's cheaper than
housing them at research facilities but it still comes at a cost.
Some of the apes would never be eligible for release, someone would have to feed/care for them for the rest of their life. Even if funding is
available, I don't know if that's a reasonable expectation in war zones or impoverished nations.
Vilab II was a US based facility but they used local Liberian chimps so it seems they have to remain there. I don't know if it's legal or desirable to
transport them to the states for care. The feeling is it's more beneficial if the animals remain in their natural range until release. The Liberians
have been left with the task. I imagine funding/manpower is an issue.
I've read the feeding regimen on the islands is sometimes delayed/missed, the apes become aggressive/compete with locals for food. Not a good
situation. Betsy Brotman stated she can't walk amongst the apes like she used to so I assume no follow up testing is being done.
Amongst other things Liberia is dealing with an Ebola epidemic, there's not much local support/interest. Especially due to the fact Ebola effects ape
populations. While some are wiling to eat them others are afraid to get anywhere near the place. Some nearby villagers have left the area because of
them. I think the Liberians would prefer to just put them down but activists are watching.
Liberians are pressured into caring for these animals but they're doing a half ass job. Activists need to either move to those islands for the next 50
years or bring the chimps to the states but that won't work because activists are intent on releasing them into their natural environment. So the
situation seems to be stagnating.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Without lots of oversight the ball will get dropped concerning these chimps.
With wars/Ebola raging it's getting harder to care for them humanely. If people can't get in to feed them they'll starve. If they're released without
proper testing who knows what could get out.
Humans/wildlife have had contact with these chimps. Over the years any number of things could've gotten passed back/forth. The problem is no one seems
to be studying that. They're barely housing them. Imo it's a recipe for disaster.
For all we know Ebola is/has been festering on those islands. It may not be directly related to the research but if the population overruns the
island diseases will take hold. Although it's a natural habitat it's not nature. The animals will need monitoring until they're released and I don't
think that's going to happen.
We can't expect to successfully push our western ways on people who are barely surviving. High ideals with no follow up is destined to fail and with
Ebola in the neighborhood it could fail in a big way.
edit on 9-5-2014 by Morningglory because: (no reason given)