Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Put all chimpanzees on the endangered species list
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a rule that would increase protection for chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act. It would include captive chimpanzees, which are not currently included. Wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered. This discrepancy has led to the exploitation of captive chimpanzees in the U.S. They are used for entertainment, experimentation, and the exotic pet trade. These uses also make the public believe that chimpanzees are not in need of protection, which is untrue.
Chimpanzees need conservation, both in captivity and in the wild. Fifty years ago, there were about a million chimpanzees living in Africa. Today, chimpanzees are an endangered species, with as few as 150,000 left in the wild. In captivity, it is estimated that 1,100 chimpanzees live in laboratories, while 300 are located in accredited zoos, 600 live in sanctuaries, and 250 are in private hands. This last category includes chimpanzees as pets, along with those that are in roadside zoos, entertainment, or private breeding facilities. We need to protect the chimpanzees in captivity, especially those being experimented on in laboratories, which are in the most danger of being killed.
The new rule would list both captive and wild chimpanzees as endangered, which would result in increased protection for chimpanzees in captivity. Captive chimpanzees would be protected against horrible experimentation. It would also positively affect the conservation of wild chimpanzees.
The comment period closes on August 12. All chimpanzees need to be protected and listed as endangered, not just the ones in the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to hear from the public that this proposed rule is wanted and necessary.
Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Thank you for conducting research and noticing the need for more comprehensive rules to protect chimpanzees. Proposing that all chimpanzees be listed as endangered is a great help for chimpanzees.
The use of captive chimpanzees in entertainment, the pet trade and invasive research negatively affects wild populations by leading the public to believe that chimpanzees are not in need of conservation. I support the proposed rule as it will increase protections for captive chimpanzees in the U.S. and promote species conservation in the wild. Please help chimpanzees by protecting them all, not just the ones in the wild.
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