Primarily Primates wins appeal
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2008:
SAN ANTONIO–The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on
January 16, 2007 upheld the agreement by which Ohio State University
transferred a research chimpanzee colony to Primarily Primates in
early 2006. The verdict affirmed the earlier finding of the trial
court in Bexar County, Texas. Opposed by both researcher Sally
Boysen and PETA, the transfer touched off a two-year legal battle
that escalated after one chimp died on arrival and another died soon
afterward, both from pre-existing heart conditions.
The dispute included the forced resignation of Primarily
Primates founder Wally Swett; a merger with Friends of Animals; a
six-month court-ordered receivership, during which Primarily
Primates was staffed largely by PETA personnel; and the transfer of
the surviving OSU chimps to Chimp Haven, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The receivership was terminated in May 2007, after the Texas
Office of Attorney General agreed in an out-of-court settlement to
“fully and completely release, acquit, and forever discharge
Primarily Primates” of allegations brought by PETA. FoA is now
pursuing litigation to recover the chimps, plus animals who were
sent to other sanctuaries.