An Open Letter From the PCWS Board Of Directors

The Primate Conservation & Welfare Society extends our sincerest condolences to all those touched by the recent events in New York City, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. Our country has been deeply and profoundly changed -- we will never be the same.

As Americans we are deeply moved by the courage, compassion and dedication of our doctors, police officers, firemen, nurses, veterinarians, search teams, and our political and military leaders. They risk their very lives in order to save those trapped in the rubble and to protect us from further attack. We have been moved to tears by the many hundreds of displays of compassion and self-sacrifice. The men, women and children of United Airlines Flight 93 (crash four in Pennsylvania) fought the terrorists and gave their lives so that other Americans would not have to die. People in the World Trade Center would not leave their injured co-workers and gave their lives in the process. Police, firemen and rescue workers ran back into the buildings after each crash and after the collapse of the buildings, giving their lives in order to save those that were trapped. We could easily fill this website with the self-less and heroic acts that have occurred since 8:43 am September 11, 2001. Although we weep for those who have died, our tears are also filled with admiration and pride for our many heroes.

In this time of pain, grief, and anger we must continue to act together, for freedom. These horrific acts were not only an attack against the United States of America. This series of acts was an attack against freedom, justice and liberty for all people, of all cultures and beliefs, the world over. We must work together to save those who are trapped, to rebuild what has been destroyed, and to bring to justice those who have deliberately and maliciously shed the blood of innocent men, women and children.

We will slowly heal and we will never forget.

May God bless us all,

Timothy Ajax
Vivian Shuri
Hope Walker

PCWS Board of Directors

Posted to Primates Online - September 15, 2001

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The Red Cross is providing food, water, and rest areas for those that are working at the WTC.

The ASPCA is working to rescue animals left homeless and/or without owners due to the events at the WTC.

The Association of Realtors has set up a fund to assist victims with mortgage and rental payments.

The National Disaster and Search Dog Foundation has sent teams of search dogs and their handlers to NY City, in order to assist in the rescue.

The International Association of Firefighters has set up a fund to assist the families of fallen firefighters and EMS staffers.