Target: US Fish and Wildlife Service director, Dan Ashe
Goal: Applaud listing of chimpanzees as endangered.
Chimpanzees are officially listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This is a very important enlistment because it gives chimpanzees protections that they did not have before. The lives of chimpanzees will be changed for the better and they will be more respected as a species.
Before this important enlistment was made, chimpanzees were considered “split-status,” which protected wild chimpanzees but allowed massive amounts of research on captive chimpanzees. Listing chimpanzees as “endangered” on the endangered species list was a long, grueling process and was backed by animal rights supporters in many organizations. However, this enlistment comes with pushback from the medical community. Professionals in the medical community have expressed concern that this protection for chimpanzees will stall medical advancements, particularly in the way of vaccines and children health.
Medical testing will still be allowed on chimpanzees; however, permits to perform testing will be harder to acquire. Now that chimpanzees are officially endangered, medical entities that wish to test on chimpanzees will have to prove that the tests will help the survival of the species in the wild. Commercial trade of chimpanzees will be restricted and anything that would cause distress to a chimpanzee is now prohibited.
While endangered classification does not end all injustices to chimpanzees, it is a large step in the right direction. Thank Dan Ashe, the director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for this protection for chimpanzees by signing this petition.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
With a full heart, I am writing to thank you for your work in classifying chimpanzees as endangered. This is a very important step in protecting current and future generations of chimpanzees. I understand that this decision must have been difficult, given pushback received by the medical and research communities, which believe that the health of the human race relies on primate testing. The truth of the matter is that incredibly effective alternatives exist in research which mirror human anatomy much closer than any animal could, without the need for any animals, alive or dead.
Chimpanzees are not exempt from testing but gaining permits to perform tests on the species has been made much more difficult. Now those who wish to test on chimpanzees will have to go through intense investigations to ensure that the tests will benefit wild populations of chimpanzees.
Please ensure that gaining a permit to test on chimpanzees remains difficult and chimpanzee rights continue to advance. This is a huge step in the direction of saving chimpanzees from extinction. Thank you for your continuous efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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