Thursday, September 19, 2002

DETAILS OF COULSTON PRIMATES' RETIREMENT

Florida Sanctuary Retires All Chimpanzees and Monkeys At Defunct Coulston Primate Lab

ALAMOGORDO, N.M., Sep 18, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The notorious Coulston Foundation primate-testing laboratory has shut down and each of the 266 chimpanzees and 61 monkeys will be permanently removed from research, the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care announced today.

The Center, a non-profit organization that currently cares for 25 chimpanzees at its innovative sanctuary in Florida, took over the Coulston facilities on September 16. The primates range in age from 2 to 40 years old.

"We are thrilled to offer these long-suffering chimpanzees and monkeys the best possible outcome in the nearly decade-long controversy over this laboratory," said Dr. Carole Noon, founder and director of the Center. "After endless rhetoric nothing had been accomplished on the chimps' behalf. They had run out of options. The Coulston Foundation had been reduced to selling baby chimps just to make payroll. Now we begin the process of rehabilitation and restitution for the terrible wrongs inflicted on these individuals in the name of science."....

The Center's purchase was made possible by an unprecedented grant of $3.7 million from the Arcus Foundation of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a long-time supporter of the Florida sanctuary....

and

300 Research Chimps, Monkeys Retire

...During the weekend, Noon took over Coulston's facilities, including offices, animal housing and a laboratory, on the southwestern edge of Alamogordo. Noon said her organization paid $3.7 million for the land and facilities.

"Our main objective now is just to improve their lives as best we can,'' she said.

That includes feeding the animals fruits, vegetables and grains instead of "monkey chow,'' Noon said.

"They had no nest materials, no blankets ... no toys, no little tasks to occupy their minds,'' she said.

The animals will stay in the Alamogordo facility until Noon's group can build new facilities. "That may be a five- or 10-year period. But maybe we can provide them with what they need here,'' she said....

and (with a few factual errors and an obvious bias)

After years of being poked, hundreds of research chimps may relax in Florida

[Photo] New home.

Some are descendants of the chimps who went where no man had gone before, and now they have a chance to do what so many Americans dream of doing: retire to Florida....