The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is looking at the issue of whether to list captive chimpanzees as endangered. They are currently listed as threatened. NHES commends the Service for looking into this issue as we believe captive chimpanzees should be listed as endangered. Too often, animals used in biomedical research and in the entertainment field, as chimpanzees are used, are then considered by the general public to be prolific and therefore not needing protection. However, the numbers of wild chimpanzees have steadily decreased in the past couple decades. Couple that with the change in attitude about using chimpanzees for medical research and it’s time for all captive chimpanzees to be listed as endangered.
Write a note of support to the acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressing your position on captive chimpanzees being listed as endangered, not merely threatened.
Rowan W. Gould, Acting Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240