Shift hailed as “the beginning of the end of invasive chimpanzee research”
We haven’t been this excited to read the news in a long time…
An article published this week by Science magazine notes that, as a direct result of a new rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which reclassifies chimpanzees held in captivity as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act, no new permits have been filed for invasive chimpanzee research in the United States!
The rule, which was finalized this past June, requires federal permits for all chimpanzee use. Such permits will be issued only for very narrow purposes, typically those that enhance the propagation or survival of chimpanzees. And while permits for biomedical testing are available in some cases, the approval process is rigorous and approval is not guaranteed, so many researchers are choosing to simply end their experiments.
The new rule goes into effect on September 14. Since that’s less than 90 days from now (and FWS requires at least 90 days to review any permit requests), no biomedical testing on chimpanzees can take place in this country after September 14, 2015.
This is great news for chimpanzees. Previously, only chimpanzees in the wild were classified as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. But with your help, NAVS made all of our voices heard—we told the FWS that if any chimpanzees were endangered, they were all endangered.
And it worked.
By this time next month, all biomedical testing on chimpanzees will have come to a halt, possibly for good. Stephen Ross, director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo feels that “[s]cientists have seen the writing on the wall,” and calls this latest development “the beginning of the end of invasive chimpanzee research.”
With your support, NAVS is committed to ending cruel, wasteful and scientifically flawed animal experiments—not just on chimpanzees, but on all species. And this week’s news tells us that we’re on the right track.