Thursday, October 24, 2002

COULSTON FINANCES UNDER SCRUTINY

Chimp-Care Funds Spending Faces Review
By Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

LAS CRUCES The Alamogordo-based Coulston Foundation stopped doing chimpanzee-related research last month, but it is still being scrutinized for its handling of funding for the primates' long-term care.
Attorney General Patricia Madrid's office in late August asked for audited financial reports from the Coulston Foundation to determine what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars placed in endowment funds for the long-term care of its chimpanzees....
Animal Protection, in a recent news release, alleged that "millions of dollars that could be used to pay for permanent retirement," may have been lost.
On Sept. 5 the Coulston Foundation filed suit to block the attorney general's demand for information. Then, less than two weeks later, the financially strapped Coulston Foundation announced it was getting out of chimpanzee-related research.
It retired its last 266 chimps and turned them over, along with their Alamogordo pens, to the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care, or CCCC, which is headed by primatologist and animal rights activist Dr. Carole Noon....