On May 24, 2016, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) and its coalition, represented by Katherine Meyer, Esq., appeared before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The hearing was for a preliminary injunction to block the export of eight chimpanzees from Yerkes Research Center at Emory University to Wingham Wildlife Park, UK. The export was blocked, pending full review by Judge Jackson.
NEAVS’ argued against the export permit saying exporting the chimps:
- has no benefit to the species’ survival, as required by the U.S. Endangered Species Act
- puts these individual chimpanzees at risk, and
- would have a detrimental impact on true chimpanzee conservation according to conservation experts.
In issuing the export permit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignored 26,000+ comments in opposition, including those from world renowned conservation experts.
At the hearing, Trent Crable, Esq., attorney for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, referred to the conservation experts’ opinion in this way… “[NEAVS] said a bunch of people said this is going to happen. There is no evidence…it's going to other than a bunch of people who hold this world view say it's going to.” (97, 7-10) We want to share with you a few of those “bunch of people”…