Important Questions on Primate Care

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 20, 2006

Dear Editor,
    The article on Primarily Primates Inc., "Primal Troubles" [News, Web extra, Oct. 27], clarifies the obvious: that there are two sides to every story or sometimes more sides than one could imagine. It does not, however, adequately address why an attorney general's office – which is inundated with concerns and possible actions – feels that in this case there was reason to step in. It does give us a bit of good news: that the situation for the animals at PPI is finally being investigated by an objective and duly responsible third party – the attorney general's office, the oversight for not-for-profit organizations. Now, important questions are not only being asked, but answered: Has money donated by the public to this "charity" been responsibly and legally managed? Is PPI fulfilling its mission in the rescue and care of animals? Do PPI's standards of care meet those of other comparable and reputable sanctuaries? Or, for each question, has/does it not? What we can be assured of is that because of intervention on behalf of all the animals housed at PPI, soon, the truth shall be known. We can also be assured that in the meanwhile, the animals will see improved conditions in their day-to-day lives at the hands of dozens of trained and expert volunteers from all over the country and Canada. What we can be sure of is that despite newspaper articles that give us too little information, the PPI story is a story about nearly 800 animals who have no voice other than that of caring people willing to go to bat for them. We are. We did. And, we look forward to a final story with a happy ending.

Theodora Capaldo, EdD
Director, Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories

Lynn Cuny
Founder and executive director, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation

Gloria Grow
Director, Fauna Foundation

Nancy Megna
Former laboratory worker

Sherra N. Theisen, PhD
Chief executive officer, Texas Nature Project

Michelle Thew
Chief executive officer, Animal Protection Institute

April Truitt
Director, Primate Rescue Center
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