Smash HLS has received a tip that The Gorilla Foundation has a close working relationship with Paul Houghton, the founder and CEO of Primate Products.
The Gorilla Foundation is best known for its work with “Koko,” a gorilla famous for her sign language skills. Koko has learned more than 1,000 ASL signs. (In the above image, Koko makes the sign for “really stupid.”) The foundation is based in Woodside, California near the Houghton family home (see our previous post about Houghton’s mansion here).
Visitors to The Gorilla Foundation’s website can learn how Koko expresses happiness, sadness, anger and many other emotions. “Her empathy for others has changed our perception of gorillas forever,” the foundation writes, adding, “Gorillas clearly deserve basic personal rights such as protection from harm.”
Of course, the macaque monkeys that Primate Products sends to cruel deaths inside vivisection labs also are intelligent, emotional and very social animals. Don’t these monkeys deserve the same protection from harm as Koko?
Write to Penny Patterson, the founder of The Gorilla Foundation and Chairperson/President of the Board of Directors and urge her to end all contact with Mr. Houghton.
Penny Patterson, Ph.D.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (copy: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
Phone: (800) 634-6273 or (650) 216-6450
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Dear Dr. Patterson:
I was shocked to learn that The Gorilla Foundation is close friends with Paul Houghton, the CEO of Primate Products. Are you aware that Mr. Houghton imports and breeds primates for sale to research and testing labs? Isn’t Mr. Houghton’s business at odds with The Gorilla Foundation’s mission of protecting gorillas? The Gorilla Foundation’s relationship with Mr. Houghton damages your reputation and will discourage people who care about animal welfare
from supporting your organization.