Chimps in captivity may soon join endangered species list

Proposal would extend protections to both wild and captive primate populations

By Meghan Rosen, 14:49 PM June 11, 2013

Captive chimps might soon enjoy the same protections that their wild cousins do.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to apply the full terms of the Endangered Species Act to all chimpanzees, captive and wild. If adopted, the new rule would restrict import, export and harm of the animals, and clamp down on research that uses chimps and even their blood or tissue.

Roughly 2,000 chimpanzees live in captivity in the United States; about half of these are held for medical research. In 19...

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