Chimpanzees have been added to the Endangered Species Act, announced the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
For years captive and wild chimpanzees were given different status, with captive ones only listed as threatened and wild ones listed as endangered. Under this new designation, all chimpanzees are as of 14 September considered endangered.
Their trade and their use in labs will now require special permits issued by the FWS. However, the are still free to be used in the entertainment industry and to be kept as pets.
According to ChimpCare, there are currently some 400 chimps in zoos or similar facilities, 14 working for the entertainment industry, 40 living as pets or with breeders, and over 550 living in sanctuaries.
And according to PETA, “more than 900 chimpanzees still languish in laboratories in the United States, with as many as 80 percent of them simply warehoused because there is no longer a need to use them in experiments.”
In 2013, the National Institutes of Health announced they were cutting funding for the majority of invasive experiments on chimpanzees and only retain but not breed up to 50 chimpanzees for future biomedical research. As a result, over 300 chimpanzees were able to retire after decades of torture and live the rest of their days in freedom.
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