December 2, 2013.
The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), a coalition of eight primate sanctuaries in the US and Canada which care for several hundred chimpanzees, is not a party to the lawsuit filed today by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) on behalf of four chimpanzees in New York State (see here for details). NAPSA was contacted by NhRP for placement assistance on behalf of the chimpanzees should their petition be successful. NAPSA’s Executive Director Sarah Baeckler Davis submitted an affidavit stating that, as in any case, we would follow our routine placement protocols to find the chimpanzees a permanent home at a NAPSA sanctuary should this case be successful. The affidavit also outlines our member sanctuaries' experience and expertise in chimpanzee care. NAPSA's willingness to secure permanent sanctuary for these and any other chimpanzees in need is not necessarily an endorsement by NAPSA or our member sanctuaries of the NhRP lawsuit or its theories.