Retire Former Lab Chimpanzees to Sanctuary

Chimp Tim Mueller

Target: Dr. R. Paul Johnson, Director of Yerkes National Primate Center

Goal: Retire former lab chimpanzees to an accredited sanctuary rather than a zoo.

Eight chimpanzees are being moved to an unaccredited zoo in England from Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Not only is the Wingham Wildlife Park unaccredited, but they have not cared for chimpanzees before and they allow the public to have physical contact with some of their animals. That is a dangerous situation for the humans and animals alike.

In a groundbreaking decision, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service voted to list all chimpanzees, including captive chimpanzees, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Now the 1,800 captive chimpanzees in the U.S. are protected under this act. This makes experimenting on them a difficult task. Many research facilities are looking to remove their chimpanzees since they are expensive to take care of and the animals are virtually useless to them.

These chimpanzee have been poked and prodded for much of their life. It is cruel to put them on display for humans, the ones who have been experimenting on them, to gawk at them. The Yerkes National Primate Research Center took these chimpanzees in and now it is time for them to take on the responsibility of finding them a new home–a home where they can live out the rest of their days happily and healthy.

Sign this petition and tell Dr. R. Paul Johnson that Wingham Wildlife Park is not a happy place to live for these chimpanzees and that it is the Yerkes National Primate Research Center’s responsibility to find an accredited sanctuary for these chimpanzees.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. R. Paul Johnson,

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to list all chimpanzees, including captive ones, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Therefore, chimpanzees all over are enlisted with certain rights. Since chimpanzees now have these rights, many research facilities have no use for their former lab chimpanzees. This includes your facility, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center is looking to move eight of their chimpanzees to Wingham Wildlife Park. Wingham Wildlife Park is an unaccredited zoo that has no experience in caring for chimpanzees. You know how expensive and time consuming taking care of these complex animals is. It is not fair to these chimpanzees to release them to this park. In addition, Wingham Wildlife Park allows the public to have physical contact with some of their animals. This is a dangerous situation for humans and animals alike.

Wingham Wildlife Park is not a happy place for these chimpanzees to live. They deserve to live out the rest of their days happily and healthy. Please research and look into accredited sanctuaries for these intelligent creatures. They deserve so much more than the Wingham Wildlife Park.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Tim Mueller

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