Praise Proposal of Increased Protection for Captive Chimpanzees

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Commend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for proposing increased protections for captive chimpanzees

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced its new proposal to increase the protection for captured chimpanzees. The proposal recommends that captured chimpanzees should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. This is a huge step for the safety and regulation of chimpanzees that are subjected to experiments for medical research. If the proposal is enacted, captive chimpanzees will finally be able to have the same protection as endangered wild chimpanzees. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must be praised for trying to provide more regulations for these animals.

Despite the fact that wild chimpanzees and captive chimpanzees are the same animal, there is a huge split between the guidelines and regulations for these two groups. Under this new proposal, if it is enacted, there will be four major changes. First, in order to use chimpanzees for medical research, scientists must attain a permit and a permit is only given after the researchers show evidence that the chimpanzees are absolutely necessary. Second, the permit rule will apply to both private and public agencies. Third, regulations on the import and export of monkeys will be stricter. Fourth, interstate commerce exchange will also be better monitored. This proposal could mean be the biggest difference for these captive chimpanzees.

The fight to increase protections for laboratory monkeys is nothing new. In 2010, the Humane Society of the United States, the Jane Goodall Institute, and other groups filed a petition that expressed these groups’ concerns for monkeys that are used in research and in the entertainment field as well. In 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) chose to suspend all new grants that would have gone to research experimenting on chimpanzees. The NIH is now currently deciding on whether or not to retire nearly 450 current captive chimpanzees.

If the proposal is enacted, it would be one of the biggest steps taken to protect captive chimpanzees. Chimpanzees do not deserve to be subjected to human research. They belong in a wild habitat where they can live freely. Although these regulations do not completely stop the use of these monkeys for research, it is still a step forward for animal rights. Commend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this proposal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

The recent proposal that aims to give captive chimpanzees the same protections under the Endangered Species Act is a huge step for animal rights. Chimpanzees and other animals are constantly being used for research studies that might no longer need these animals due to better technology. Yet, researchers still want to jeopardize the safety of these animals. This proposal, if enacted, could save a lot of chimpanzees.

Captive chimpanzees and wild chimpanzees are the same species and thus, they both should be protected under the same laws and regulations. This proposal is one of the first ones to acknowledge the fact that there should be no difference between how captured or wild chimpanzees are treated. This proposal is vital for ensuring the safety of these animals.

Thank you for proposing that captive chimpanzees be protected under the same laws as wild chimpanzees.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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