Written by Jennifer OConnor
Federal laws are known for having loopholes,
and a regulation that allows notorious animal abusers and profiteers to use
chimpanzees for purely commercial purposes and in horrific laboratory experiments needs to be closed right now. Currently, only wild chimpanzees are protected as
endangered under the Endangered Species Act—captive chimpanzees are
these protections—but that could soon change.
The U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed an amendment that would remove this
major exemption and protect wild and captive chimpanzees equally for the first
time. PETA supports this new rule
since it means captive chimpanzees who are forced to perform confusing and
unnatural tricks in the name of entertainment and who suffer at the hands of callous experimenters would be given
the full protection of the Endangered Species
Act, which prohibits harming and harassing listed species.
The FWS is asking the public for comments on this
proposed change and needs to hear from you by the end of the day on January 30.
Click here to urge the FWS to give captive chimpanzees the same protections currently
afforded to their wild counterparts.
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