“Just received this exciting news in an email from PCRM.”
I am writing with important news. This week, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service proposed extending full endangered species status to all captive chimpanzees in the U.S., including those currently being used in laboratory experiments. If this rule is adopted it could have a major effect on chimpanzees used in experiments.
Currently, while wild chimpanzees are afforded full protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, their captive counterparts are not. The proposed rule extends protection to all chimpanzees, including those currently in laboratories.
The proposed rule follows an announcement earlier this year by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group, which recommended that nearly all federally owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories be retired to sanctuaries. We are awaiting NIH’s final plan for implementing those recommendations.
The new rule is another step in the right direction. It is subject to a 60-day comment period, and, of course, PCRM is weighing in. As the Fish & Wildlife Service rulemaking process moves forward we will keep you informed.
For more information about this important proposal, read yesterday’s Washington Post story, which quotes John Pippin, M.D., director of medical affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Very truly yours,
Neal Barnard, M.D.
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