The U.S. fish and wildlife service announced last Friday that Chimpanzees will finally be put on the list of endangered animals under the Endangered Species Act.
This all started way back in 2010 when Jane Goodall, the Humane Society of the United States, and other groups made a petition to erase the disliked differentiation of legal status between chimpanzees in captivity—categorized as “threatened”—and chimpanzees in the wilds—endangered. Thanks to their efforts, the new bill will categorize both kinds of chimpanzees in as endangered, preventing any biomedical research, interstate trade, and export and import of captive chimpanzees without a permit given by the Wildlife Service. The new designation will come into effect on Tuesday with a grace period of 90 days.
However, those who already privately own a chimpanzee or those who want to use chimpanzees in the entertainment industry don’t have to worry about getting a permit, this is according to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director, Dan Ashe. Furthermore, the mixed classifications of chimpanzees in the past might have cause some confusion in the public about the true dire straits of chimpanzees.