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Slam This Loophole Shut

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | January 10, 2012
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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 inexplicably denied 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.

Commenting is closed.
  • amber says:

    i love chimpanzees

  • Carla* says:

    Hannibal, No we are NOT more superior and have no right to torture and confine anything or anybody!! This is exactly what is wrong with this world today!! People like you reaping the planet of everything because we can?? Hopefully you see the light one day…

  • Petra Postma says:

    When we come to the point in time when all chimpanzees (and bonobos, orangutans, proboscis monkeys etc.) in the wild are extinct, we can still be entertained by or experiment upon the remaining ones….. Yet another example of the great danger called human species!

  • kris says:

    Chimps have been unprotected for way too long. They deserve nothing less than the same protection as orangs and gorillas. Wild chimps face enough issues that their relatives should not be tortured as well

  • Hannibal the cannibal says:

    While i do agree with the chimps not being used in circuses,chimps used in experiments are another matter.They are sacrificed to benefit mankind who,as is well known,is the most superior animal on Earth and as such must have all the privileges.Therefore I do not agree with prohibiting use of the chimps in laboratories.

  • natalie williams says:

    This law is a joke! it is the entertainment industry and morons that think they make good pets that send out the message that they are not endangered… Our precious Apes ALL need to be protected…

  • Dawn Forsythe says:

    Chimpanzees, whether captive or wild, deserve our respect and protection. Their habitat – forest, exhibit, laboratory, Hollywood compound, or sanctuary – does not alter the fact that all chimpanzees are endangered.