By Ernie Fritz
About 20 protesters, armed with placards and whistles, gathered outside the home of NY Blood Center (NYBC) board member Michael Hodin on West 86th street near Broadway on Tuesday night, demanding that the organization live up to a supposed commitment to take care of research chimpanzees used by the organization, that they say were instead abandoned on six mangrove islands off the coast of Liberia and left to die.
The protestors say that this is about the 20th time that they have picketed in front of this particular board member’s home in the last six months. Their hope is for the NYBC to reinstate funding for the care of the chimps which they estimate is about $30,000 a month.
The New York Times covered the issue last year.