About the Petition
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a proposed rule that would increase protections for chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act.
Under existing regulations, chimpanzees in captivity in the U.S. are deprived of federal protection even though wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered. This discrepancy has led to the exploitation of U.S.-based captive chimpanzees used for entertainment, invasive experiments, and the exotic pet trade. Studies show that the use of chimpanzees in these industries hurts efforts to conserve chimpanzees in the wild.
The new proposed rule would result in listing both captive and wild individuals as "endangered," which would increase protections for captive chimpanzees while positively affecting the conservation of wild chimpanzees.
Please take action and tell USFWS Director Dan Ashe that you support protecting all chimpanzees.