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Tell the U.S. Government to Declare All Chimpanzees "Endangered"

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Originally Posted: June 13, 2013

Tell the U.S. Government to Declare All Chimpanzees “Endangered”

FROM National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)


Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of this rulemaking, asking that they adopt the proposed change to list all chimpanzees as “endangered” whether they are in the wild or born in captivity in the United States, without any “special” category. Also urge the FWS to include more specific guidelines on permissible use and the necessity of obtaining a permit by individuals exploiting chimpanzees in interstate commerce.

FWS is accepting comments for 60 days before issuing a final rule. The deadline for submitting comments is August 12, 2013.  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-FDM
Arlington, VA 22203
1-800-344-WILD - 1-800-344-9453
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There is now a critically important opportunity to make a difference on behalf of chimpanzees.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has now issued a proposed rule to change the status of chimpanzees born in captivity in the United States from “threatened” to “endangered.”

The proposed rule, which comes in response to a petition filed by animal and environmental advocacy groups, would change the current status of captive chimpanzees. The FWS, after reviewing the petition, concluded that the Endangered Species Act does not permit it to differentiate between members of a single species as it has done in the past.

This proposed rule would properly list all chimpanzees as endangered and eliminate the special category that allows for the commercial exploitation of chimpanzees in this country without a permit.

Permits would be required for:

Federal permits would be required for any such chimpanzee use but would be issued only for scientific purposes or to enhance the propagation or survival of the affected species. This change in rulemaking will have a significant impact in ending the exploitation of chimpanzees for many commercial enterprises if they operate in interstate commerce.

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