Center for Biological Diversity Press Release
Chimpanzees Gain Broader Endangered Species Act Protection
New Rule Extends Endangered Status to Animals in Captivity
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it will start classifying all chimpanzees, both wild and captive, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
The new rule extends greater protection to captive chimpanzees by changing their protective status from “threatened” to “endangered” — the same status of chimpanzees in the wild. The new designation, which will be published on June 16, will bring additional restrictions on commercial activities and will ensure humane treatment for captive chimps.
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