Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: End the exploitation of captive chimpanzees in entertainment, invasive experiments and the exotic pet trade.
Under existing regulations, chimpanzees in captivity in the U.S. are deprived of protection even though wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered. This discrepancy has led to the exploitation of captive chimpanzees in entertainment, invasive experiments and the exotic pet trade. Not only are these activities torturous to the animal, the use of chimpanzees in these industries also hurts efforts to conserve chimpanzees in the wild.
Both captive and wild chimps must be listed as “endangered,” which would increase their protections while positively affecting the conservation of wild chimpanzees.
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