Thursday, November 07, 2002


Win Scored for Young Chimpanzees -- Arthur and Phoenix
Story Filed: Thursday, November 07, 2002 10:52 AM EST

BOSTON, Nov 7, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Joint Dismissal of Diamond Action, Inc.'s/Lowell Spinners' litigation against Greenville (NH) Wildlife Park allows Young Chimpanzees, Arthur and Phoenix, to Begin New Lives in Florida Sanctuary

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) announced today that following the dismissal of litigation that had been pending in the State of New Hampshire concerning the ownership of two young chimpanzees, Arthur (a/k/a Ennio) and Phoenix, Diamond Action, Inc. and Lowell Spinners' President, Drew Weber, transferred ownership of the chimps to NEAVS. Arthur and Phoenix have now been permanently placed with the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care, a widely respected Florida sanctuary. NEAVS is an animal advocacy organization dedicated to ending research on animals.

Weber had intended to exhibit the young chimps during promotional events at the Spinner's ballpark -- a minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Weber originally purchased 2 1/2 and 2 year-old Arthur and Phoenix from the Coulston Foundation, a New Mexico facility that did research on chimpanzees as well as bred and supplied them to other vivisectors. Coulston has since shut down after years of mounting financial difficulties and citations for Animal Welfare Act violations.