US Fish and Wildlife Services moves to list all chimpanzees as endangered

US Fish and Wildlife Services announced in the Federal Register on June 12, 2013 that it is proposing to remove the "split-listing" that provides unequal protections for captive and free-living chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

NAPSA has stated before that this is an important step for protecting captive chimpanzees. Although the full effect of this move is still to be determined, it would mean that a permit would be required for anything that would be considered a "take" under the ESA. This could include the use of chimpanzees in invasive biomedical research, the use of chimpanzees in the often-abusive entertainment industry, and the sale of chimpanzees across state lines. NAPSA and its partners applaud this effort and encourage everyone to submit comments to Fish and Wildlife Services to urge FWS to adopt the final rule (click the "comment now" button in the link). 

NAPSA comments will be made available here later in June. 

Related articles with more information:

Chimpanzees may finally gain full protection under the Endangered Species Act

US proposes wildlife protection for captive chimps

FAQ from Fish and Wildlife Services on the proposed rule