In 2011, a petition was started by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The petition requested that the United States Fish and Wildlife (USFW) agency reconsider its listing of chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At that time, Oakland Zoo put out a call to action from our members – and it worked! This week, the USFW agency announced its proposal to reevaluate their listing! This great news, but it is not a done deal. The agency will take comments on the act from the public for the next 60 days and we need YOU to stand up for chimpanzees again!
Under current listing, wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered, giving them a significant amount of protection under U.S. law. Captive chimpanzees are a different story. They are listed as “threatened,” a much lesser designation with significantly fewer protections. Chimpanzees are the only species that is double listed this way under the law and it is time for that to change. Please show your support for chimpanzees by commenting in agreement with this changed designation.
Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–R9–ES–2010–0086, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!” If your comments will fit in the provided comment box, please use this feature of http://www.regulations.gov, as it is most compatible with our comment review procedures. If you attach your comments as a separate document, our preferred file format is Microsoft Word. If you attach multiple comments (such as form letters), our preferred format is a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel