On June 11 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the urgent need to list all chimpanzees, whether in the wild or captivity, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If approved, this change will help end the abuse of chimpanzees in the United States.
Over 20 years ago, the FWS ‘split-listed’ chimpanzees by categorizing those in the wild as endangered and those in captivity as only threatened, enabling their continued exploitation and use in the pet trade, entertainment, and biomedical research industries. However, because the ESA restricts the trade and use of animals at risk of extinction, listing both wild and captive chimps as endangered will drastically change how chimpanzees are regarded and treated.
You can make a difference for all chimpanzees today! Some biomedical researchers have complained about the new restrictions. As defenders of chimpanzees, we must speak out on their behalf and urge the FWS to protect all chimps.
Help protect chimpanzees!
You can help to protect chimpanzees in the wild and captivity by asking the FWS to classify captive chimpanzees as endangered, recognizing the reality that all chimps need protection. Comments must be made directly to the FWS via the Federal Register website. While it is always more valuable to personalize your message, you may copy and paste the sample letter below into the “Comments” section on that website. Don’t forget to click “Submit!”