Wednesday, July 31, 2002

GREAT APE PROJECT CENSUS

Advocate for unwilling captives
Woodbury's Whitman seeks proper treatment of apes in U.S.
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Written by Mark Azzara
2002 Republican-American

The decennial counting is over, the numbers are in, and the U.S. Census Bureau will be spitting out its analysis of American society for years to come.

Sarah Whitman of Woodbury is taking a U.S. census, too. Her target population is in the thousands, rather than hundreds of millions, and there's a real urgency to her work because lives are at stake. Lives like Patti the chimpanzee.

Patti's artwork is featured on the Web site of the Great Ape Project, an international animal-rights organization that Whitman joined in 1997 as a volunteer. She was hired in May 2000 on a part-time basis to count all the gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos in the U.S. — in testing laboratories, movie studios, breeding centers, petting zoos and fly-by-night circuses. And she's still counting, although now she also moved up to full-time associate director....