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Endangered Status Being Considered for Captive Chimps

Endangered Status Being Considered for Captive Chimps

Wild chimpanzees have been protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for decades and were added to the IUCN endangered species in 1996, but a loophole exists in the law that has left captive chimps with virtually no protection.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently initiated a review of whether captive chimps should be uplisted from threatened to endangered status after a number of animal protection organizations including the The Humane Society of the United States, the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the Fund for Animals, Humane Society International and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society petitioned the USFWS.

“Chimpanzees are endangered everywhere due to habitat loss, poaching and illegal trafficking — wild chimpanzees are captured and sold for use as entertainment, as pets and as test subjects. The loophole in the Act creates a vicious cycle of supply and demand: Chimpanzees are exploited for entertainment, giving people the misconception that the species is common in the wild, which creates a demand for pet chimpanzees, which in turn leads to more poaching,” according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Previous lobbying by biomedical research facilities and the National Institute of Health reportedly hindered protection for captive chimps when their endangered status was being considered. However, the December release of a report from the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine arguing against the use of chimps in invasive research may help chimps currently suffering in labs and further the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act which is now being considered and would phase out testing on chimps in U.S. labs and retire federally owned chimpanzees.

Take Action!

Please sign the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition asking the USFWS to protect captive chimps under the Endangered Species Act. You can also submit a public comment to the USFWS at until January 30.

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9:30AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Firmato. Speriamo che tutto questo finisca.

9:29AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Firmato. Speriamo che tutto questo finisca.

1:05PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Don't consider it for another second, DO IT YESTERDAY!

7:00PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

I hope people realize that there not the only ones and start doing something right for all the
living creations on the planet including the earth ( witch is really a giant replica of a cell ) and they realize they don't need to abuse to acquire the knowledge.

1:54PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Signing with hopes of ending this madness!

5:27AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

We have no right to send them into space, inject them with diseases and send them crazy in labs ......
How do humans get to a point where we have no empathy with other creatures and are always AMAZED when we discover something like a fish is intelligent...
We are cruel and stupid.

5:39AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

I already signed the petition. I wish they would let all of them go now. I think they have suffered enough.

5:32PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

People never learn!! The animals are not here for us to "use", it is wrong and immoral!

9:16AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

already signed, thanks for sharing :)

6:16PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

If we don't protect and care for them, then who will?

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