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Bedford's Rooney, Kate Mara Travel To Liberia To Save Abandoned Chimps

Kate and Rooney Mara visit Liberia in West Africa. Photo Credit: Carol Guzy/For the HSUS and HSI
Ettie, right, and her baby, Bean in March 2015. Photo Credit: Jenny Desmond/For the HSUS

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Sisters Rooney and Kate Mara, who grew up in Bedford, recently traveled to Liberia, Africa with The Humane Society of the United States to visit more than 60 chimpanzees who were abandoned and left to die by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) one year ago.

The NYBC used the chimpanzees for decades in invasive research before pulling all funding for their care in March 2015. Now, the two actresses are calling on NYBC to do the right thing and renew its financial obligation to the chimpanzees it abandoned.

An excerpt from the letter states: “People worldwide have been touched by these animals’ heartbreaking stories, and equally outraged at your irresponsible and inhumane actions. They want to see justice for these chimpanzees who were put though so much, lined your pockets [you reportedly made hundreds of millions of dollars off of research involving the chimpanzees] and did not deserve to be abandoned when you deemed them unprofitable.”

Since NYBC withdrew funding, The Humane Society of the United States has been providing financial support to keep the chimps alive and is working towards a long-term solution. The HSUS continues to put pressure on NYBC to renew its support for the chimpanzees.

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