U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Petition
Voice Your Opinion on the Future of Captive Chimpanzees in the United States
The United States has long recognized wild chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) but has not provided the same level of protection for chimpanzees held captive in this country. Because other U.S. animal welfare laws are weak or not well-enforced, this split listing under the ESA has enabled the exploitation of chimpanzees in the United States as pets and for entertainment, advertising and medical research—a situation that also has hampered efforts to promote protection of wild chimpanzees.
After reviewing the status of chimpanzees, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determined that all members of a species must be afforded the same protection and that the split listing of chimpanzees must therefore be eliminated. In addition, finding that the threats to chimpanzees have increased since its last status review, the USFWS proposed that all chimpanzees, whether captive or wild, be listed as endangered. If finalized, the rule would bring into play the strict permitting requirements of the ESA.
By law, the public has 60 days to comment on the rule. Thereafter, the USFWS must respond to any comments received and announce a final decision within a year of issuing the proposed rule. This comment period will end on August 12, 2013.
Now you can voice your opinion. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) plans to send the letter below to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, urging them to finalize the proposed rule. If you would like to lend your name to the letter, please fill out the form below by August 8 so that we can submit your name with the letter by the end of the public comment period on August 12.
If you’d like to submit your comments directly or read more about the proposed rule, click here: https://www.federalregister.gov