The Jane Goodall Institute Commends NAPSA
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) applauds the recent creation of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA). Founded by the directors of some of the best great ape sanctuaries in North America, the mission of NAPSA is, “To advance the welfare of captive primates through exceptional sanctuary care, collaboration, and outreach.”
NAPSA will be working with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries to establish a unified standard of quality for primate care in sanctuaries across the continent. Among its many goals, NAPSA plans to distinguish true sanctuaries from facilities that falsely claim to be sanctuaries. In addition, the Alliance will share resources and information that will help improve the quality of care for nonhuman primates, develop a strategy to find suitable homes for unwanted nonhuman primates, and respond to urgent calls for help. NAPSA, modeled in part after the Pan-African Sanctuary Alliance, will initially focus on chimpanzee issues. With growth, the organization plans to include the participation of other nonhuman primate sanctuaries, including those that house other ape and monkey species.
In North America, sanctuaries provide permanent homes for chimpanzees who have been abandoned as pets or retired from invasive medical research or the entertainment industry. Accredited sanctuaries provide a permanent home for these chimpanzees and the special care and enrichment they need.
While the Jane Goodall Institute’s primary mission is to protect wild chimpanzees, which are endangered, the Institute also supports efforts to educate the public about the dangers of keeping chimpanzees as pets and in entertainment, and works toward ending the use of great apes in invasive medical research.
Maureen Smith, president of JGI, noted “The creation of NAPSA is wonderful news and a positive step toward assuring better treatment for captive great apes in North America.”
Former lab chimpanzees are retired in Chimp Haven sanctuary in Louisiana.