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At long last, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) today announced that it will initiate a status review to determine whether reclassifying all captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is warranted.
Why is this important? For decades, the "split listing" loophole in the Endangered Species Act has enabled the commercial trade in chimpanzees as "pets", their imprisonment in roadside attractions, their explotation in the entertainment industry, and their use in biomedical research. It is high time for a review of this dubious distinction. Our closest cousins deserve the full protection of the Endangered Species Act, and with your support - it is possible they will finally get it.
The Public Comment period begins on September 1 and concludes on October 31. Make your voice heard!
Written comments and information concerning this proposal can be submitted by one of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal
Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS–R9–ES–2010–0086
or via U.S. mail or hand-delivery to:
Public Comments Processing
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM
Arlington, VA 22203