Kate Mara & Sister Rooney Write Open Letter to NY Blood Center
Kate Mara steps out in a leather jacket while running errands with a pal on Thursday (March 31) in West Hollywood, Calif.
The 33-year-old actress is back in town after traveling to Liberia, Africa with her younger sister Rooney Mara to visit more than 60 chimpanzees who were abandoned and left to die by the New York Blood Center one year ago.
The chimps were used for a decade in invasive research, but funding on the project was pulled and the animals were sent away.
“We are writing to urge New York Blood Center to renew your financial obligation to the more than 60 chimpanzees in Liberia you once used for invasive research. As you are aware, when you withdrew all support for these chimpanzees one year ago, you left them in a life-threatening situation,” the sisters wrote in an open letter. “If it had not been for the dedicated caretakers and emergency care from nonprofit organizations like The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, these chimpanzees would surely have died horrible, slow and painful deaths from dehydration and starvation.”
Rooney and Kate Mara Visit Abandoned Chimpanzees in Liberia
FYI: Kate is wearing Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.
Click inside to read the rest of the open letter…
“The public is understandably furious with NYBC for its inhumane and despicable decision to abandon these chimpanzees who unwillingly gave over 30-years of their lives to medical research. Further, your organization left the government of Liberia (one of the poorest countries in the entire world), while in the midst of an Ebola outbreak, and other nonprofit organizations with fewer resources than NYBC, to pick up the pieces. You completely ignored pleas for intervention when it was clear that your withdrawal left the chimpanzees in a dire situation. Regardless of any legal obligation you may have to these chimpanzees, you absolutely have a moral and ethical one. These incredibly special and intelligent animals deserve the retirement they are owed, which includes lifetime care–food and water at the bare minimum.
We were recently fortunate enough to visit the chimpanzees and their dedicated caretakers in Liberia. They are now being fully supported by The Humane Society of the United States at a cost of $20,000 per month. Despite the physical and emotional trauma these animals have endured (documented in records detailing frequent, painful liver biopsies, surgical procedures, and weekly darting as well as handwritten scribbles noting the animals’ fright and emotional trauma) they are doing amazingly well. The resilience of these animals is astonishing and humbling to say the least.
People worldwide have been touched by these animals’ heartbreaking stories, and equally outraged at your irresponsible and inhumane actions. They want to see justice for these chimpanzees who were put though so much, lined your pockets (you reportedly made hundreds of millions of dollars off of research involving the chimpanzees) and did not deserve to be abandoned when you deemed them unprofitable.
NYBC still has an opportunity to correct the wrongdoings of the past. It’s never too late to choose compassion over indignity. We urge you to work with The Humane Society of the United States to determine a solution that would be beneficial for the chimpanzees and for the people of Liberia who depended on you.”