The PCWS Primate Sanctuary
The number of non-human primates in need of a safe, permanent, enriched
home grows larger every day. The few appropriate primate sanctuaries in
existence are swiftly reaching their carrying capacity and therefore cannot
continue to take on many additional primates.
The PCWS Sanctuary will help to ensure that primates that have been
cast aside by individuals and institutions will be able to live out
their days in peace and comfort. Our goal will be to focus on primates in
Washington State. Currently there is no legitimate primate sanctuary
in this region able to accept non-human primates (see note below), and
given the fact that there are primate breeding facilities, large university
and private biomedical laboratories, numerous pet primate breeders and dealers, as
well as several large zoological parks, this state is in dire need of
a TAOS accredited primate sanctuary.
PCWS has been approached by many institutions and private owners
that are seeking a permanent home for non-human primates in need.
Several orangutans and chimpanzees as well as many species of
monkeys are currently seeking a lifetime of sanctuary and need our help.
Please join us in this effort and help save the lives of primates today. For more
information, please download the
PCWS Brochure (PDF format).
The Primate Conservation & Welfare Society completely supports the
Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute
in Ellensburg, Washington. However, according to Executive Director
Dr. Roger Fouts, "We can not take any more chimpanzees without
compromising the condition here and causing problems with our present
chimpanzees. Even though we do get approached by those seeking permanent
sanctuary for apes, we have to say no. Washington State is in need of a
legitimate sanctuary which can accept new additions."
"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity."
George Bernard Shaw