Wednesday, January 08, 2003

CHIMPANZEES IN CATCH-22

Troubled Wildlife Waystation Could Win Back Licenses
Facility Must Move Two Dozen Chimps

LOS ANGELES -- The troubled Wildlife Waystation has been told it can win back its federal and state licenses by moving two dozen chimpanzees from an unsafe cage.

But Los Angeles County officials have ordered construction halted on the new cage. They are demanding the 161-acre compound in the Angeles National Forest submit an environmental impact report.

"This is a huge Catch-22," said Robert H. Lorsch, who last year agreed to take over the reins of the nonprofit refuge, which is home to 500 sick of unwanted animals....