Tell FWS ALL Chimps Need Protection!

On June 11 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the urgent need to list all chimpanzees, whether in the wild or captivity, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If approved, this change will help end the abuse of chimpanzees in the United States.

Over 20 years ago, the FWS 'split-listed' chimpanzees by categorizing those in the wild as endangered and those in captivity as only threatened, enabling their continued exploitation and use in the pet trade, entertainment, and biomedical research industries. However, because the ESA restricts the trade and use of animals at risk of extinction, listing both wild and captive chimps as endangered will drastically change how chimpanzees are regarded and treated.

You can make a difference for all chimpanzees today! Some biomedical researchers have complained about the new restrictions. As defenders of chimpanzees, we must speak out on their behalf and urge the FWS to protect all chimps.

Help protect chimpanzees!
You can help to protect chimpanzees in the wild and captivity by asking the FWS to classify captive chimpanzees as endangered, recognizing the reality that all chimps need protection. Comments must be made directly to the FWS via the Federal Register website. While it is always more valuable to personalize your message, you may copy and paste the sample letter below into the “Comments” section on that website. Don't forget to click “Submit!”

Sample letter to the FWS

Dear Fish and Wildlife Service,

Thank you for reviewing the status of chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act. I care about all chimpanzees, and support your proposal to list both wild and captive chimpanzees as endangered. As the FWS moves forward on this issue, I would like to re-iterate some important points.

Despite being listed as endangered in 1990, wild chimp populations are still at risk of extinction. Due to habitat loss and poaching, chimp numbers have dropped 65% over the past three decades. This is exacerbated by the pet, entertainment, and biomedical research industries, which exploit chimpanzees living in captivity. The FWS's current 'split-listing' of chimpanzees has done little to protect those in the wild, making a change in how these animals are categorized necessary.

However, I am concerned that the FWS has indicated that biomedical testing on chimpanzees may continue through a permit system that liberally interprets the requirement for conservation benefits. The National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine, and many scientists have stated that chimpanzees are not needed to study human health and disease, and, therefore, no acceptable justification can be made to receive a permit to be exempt from the ESA. Laboratories requesting a permit should NOT be allowed to 'trade' donations to conservation in exchange for biomedical research that is harmful to individual chimps.

All chimps need and deserve protection, so I support the FWS's proposal to list both wild and captive chimpanzees as endangered. But I do ask the FWS to refuse any permit requests that involve using chimpanzees in research.

Thank you for attention to this important issue, and for your help to protect chimpanzees!

Take action now.

Deadline is August 12, 2013.
Additional Information
Urge EndangeredSpecies StatusFor ALL Chimps
Ending the Use of Animals in Science