Chimpanzee. Credit: USFWS
Photo Caption: Chimpanzee. Credit: USFWS

June 11, 2013

What Others Are Saying About the FWS Chimpanzee Proposal

Association of Zoos and Aquariums          
“AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are committed to the conservation of chimpanzees through field conservation and public education. Conservation efforts rely on an informed public, and having some chimpanzees listed as endangered and others not has hindered public understanding of the plight of chimpanzees and undermined the conservation of the species. We support the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to uplist chimpanzees that live in human care to endangered status under the Endangered Species Act.” – Kris Vehrs, Executive Director, Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Humane Society of the United States
"Chimpanzees are in trouble, in the wild and in captivity, and this elevation in their protected status is a critical tool in saving them and in assuring that our children grow up in a world where chimps still live in their native habitats." – Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States.

International Fund for Animal Welfare
“The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) strongly supports protecting captive chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act. The current split-listing is not only inconsistent with the purpose and intent of the Act, but it has also led to widespread commercial exploitation that greatly undermines efforts to save our closest living relatives from extinction. All chimpanzees, captive and wild, are entitled to protections warranted an endangered species. We commend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for re-examining the split-listing.” – Jeff Flocken, IFAW North America Regional Director.

Jane Goodall Institute
“I was so pleased to hear about the proposed rule. This is exceptional news for all chimpanzees and for all the petitioners, especially the Humane Society of the United States, who have worked so hard on this issue. This decision gives me hope that we truly have begun to understand that our attitudes toward treatment of our closest living relatives must change. I congratulate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this very important decision.” – Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.

National Institutes of Health
“The National Institutes of Health will work closely with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as it finalizes its proposed rule over the coming months. NIH policies for research projects using chimpanzees will be adapted to comply with the final conservation guidelines for captive chimpanzees.” – NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Wildlife Conservation Society
“We are pleased that the Fish and Wildlife Service is re-evaluating the listing designations for captive chimpanzees. We have seen the poaching of wild animals for illegal trade, whether for animal parts or exotic pets, decimate wildlife populations. We need to make sure that FWS has the tools it needs to prosecute those who would engage in activities which are harmful to all populations of endangered species, both captive and wild.”  – John Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society.