Save the Chimps

Save the Chimps

The new initiative has been put in place to give wild chimpanzees and captive chimpanzees the same fighting chance and equal laws under the United States Code of Ethics. On June 12th it was announced that chimpanzee research might be abolished in the United States. The United States FWS gave the news that the foundation will offer legal protection to an endangered species of chimpanzees. This new initiative will keep researchers from imposing invasive research on the endangered chimpanzees. The only exception would come from research that would encourage the well-being of the species while they live in the wild. Research that will help the chimpanzee’s propagation will also be subject to approval. Any work that would help with the management of the wild chimpanzee population or the chimpanzee habitat would also be allowed under this new initiative. This rule was proposed in 2013 and wildlife activists have been working strenuously to get the Endangered Species Act set and done. The new regulation will cover more than 700 chimpanzees that are currently housed in United States research facilities.  According to Paul Mathieson, it is expected for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to enforce the rules from now until the end of 2015, at which point they are hoping that incarcerated chimpanzees are no longer a problem.

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