Protect Chimpanzees Under the Endangered Species Act

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The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.

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.

To: Dan Ashe, Director U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The use of captive chimpanzees in entertainment, the pet trade and invasive research negatively affects wild populations by leading the public to believe that chimpanzees are not in need of conservation. In addition, captive chimpanzees frequently suffer abuse and neglect in these industries.

Please help all chimpanzees by applying Endangered Species Act protections to captive chimpanzees. The U.S. government must do all it can to help conserve this intelligent and imperiled species, and the best available science supports this change in regulation.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide input. I look forward to hearing your final decision.


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