Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chimpanzees May Finally Gain Full Protection under the Endangered Species Act

Chimpanzees May Finally Gain Full Protection under the Endangered Species Act: A long-in-place loophole that exempted captive-bred chimpanzees from the full protections of the Endangered Species Act may finally be closed, Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), announced on June 11.For decades now, wild-born chimpanzees ( Pan troglodytes ) have been classified as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Captive-born chimps, on the other hand, have only been classified under the lesser category of "threatened." Chimpanzees have been the only species with this "split list" status, which afforded the captive-bred apes significantly lower protections, as I wrote in September 2011 : [More]