Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Protect Candy, the chimpanzee, from negligent treatment at a park.
A chimpanzee named Candy has lived her 50 year lifespan as a tourist attraction. Candy currently resides at Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park (Dixie Landin’) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She allegedly smokes lit cigarettes that visitors throw into her small, solitary cage on a concrete slab. She deserves to live a healthier and happier life.
Dixie Landin’ is an amusement water park. Their website doesn’t even mention Candy. When she was younger, Candy appeared in stage acts with other chimps and interacted with human visitors. She was never allowed to form family bonds with the other chimps. The park provides no nesting materials or enrichment and she has only a few toys, provided to her by animal advocates.
Candy’s confinement is in violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The AWA states that exhibitors must provide “a physical environment that promotes the psychological well-being of primates.” Dixie Landin’ has been cited numerous times by state and local officials for violating animal protection laws. Yet, Candy continues to live in misery.
Dixie Landin’ has been cited for storing Candy’s food in a shed with garbage. She does not receive adequate veterinary care. She is fed from containers that could cause her harm. Despite the numerous violations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to enforce the AWA and has allowed the continued neglect and callous disregard for her welfare.
As of September 14, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) declared that all chimpanzees are equal, whether wild or captive. All chimpanzees are now covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which provides higher requirements for food and shelter. Candy’s living conditions and treatment by Dixie Landin’ are now illegal. Candy now has the legal right to adequate shelter, veterinary care, and enrichment. The ESA grants endangered animals the right to normal behavior patterns. Candy’s current situation is neither normal nor natural.
By signing this petition, you will urge FWS Director Daniel M. Ashe to enforce the ESA and remove Candy from the Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park so that she can be retired to an accredited chimpanzee sanctuary. Please sign the petition and let Candy live out her remaining days in a sanctuary where her needs can not only be met but exceeded.
Dear Director Ashe,
Candy the chimpanzee has lived her entire 50 year life as an entertainment spectacle. She lives alone in a barren cage on a concrete slab with neither nesting materials nor enrichment toys. Her life is as far from natural as is possible.
As of September 14, 2015, all chimpanzees are now covered under the Endangered Species Act. Candy has not received adequate veterinary coverage, food, or water. The conditions of her confinement are illegal and inhumane. Candy deserves better.
Candy deserves our protection and care. We, the undersigned, urge you to enforce the Endangered Species Act and remove Candy from her cruel environment. Candy deserves to retire to an accredited chimpanzee sanctuary and live out her remaining days receiving the love and care she has been denied for so long. Please help Candy experience happiness for the first time in her life.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Pavel1964