STATEMENT BY CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY (D-NY) ON THE COULSTON FOUNDATION AGREEMENT

Sep 2, 1999
Press Release
New York -- Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had reached an unprecedented agreement with The Coulston Foundation (TCF), a New Mexico-based research laboratory, which will force TCF to give up 300 of the research chimpanzees under its care. The agreement settles an ongoing investigation by USDA into the deaths of several chimpanzees under Coulston's care.

"I am glad to see that the Department of Agriculture has taken action to protect the lives of hundreds of chimps. This agreement will allow over 300 chimps to be transported to new sites, and at the same time provide support to improve the conditions for the chimps who will remain at the Coulston site," Maloney said. "I applaud the Department of Agriculture for its efforts, and I will commit myself to ensuring that these 300 chimps will be safely relocated."

Maloney, a strong advocate for animal rights, has been a persistent critic of The Coulston Foundation's numerous violations of animal welfare law. In 1998, she conducted an extensive review of the federal government's relationship with TCF which found that the foundation had committed numerous violations of federal law. The report, based on material obtained pursuant to an official request of a subcommittee of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, focused on a government research contract with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Maloney presented the results of the study to the National Institutes of Health on December 1, 1998.

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