UPDATE 2/23/2016: - THE COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Even with the recent retraction by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) of Yerkes' export permit due to opposition from the public (LIKE YOU!) as well as expert conservation and legal opinion around the world, Yerkes Primate Research Center continues efforts to ship Lucas, Fritz, Abby, Agatha, Tara, Faye, Elvira and Georgia, the "Yerkes 8" to an unaccredited zoo overseas.
FWS has reopened its public comment period for another 30-days:
Deadline is February 22 - and your comments are critical to NEAVS and our coalition stopping this export permit from being re-approved.
There ARE U.S. sanctuaries that will welcome the "Yerkes 8"!
Please Tell FWS that:
- The export of the Yerkes' chimpanzees overseas does not constitute 'survival of the species' criteria necessary under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- The export of the Yerkes' chimpanzees would set a dangerous precedent for ALL captive chimpanzees in privately held labs, opening the door for other chimpanzees to be shipped anywhere in the world - out of U.S. protection!
- If the permit is granted, it continues FWS' history of allowing in-situ 'donations' essentially as payment in exchange for an export permit for captive endangered species.
- THERE ARE U.S. SANCTUARIES WILLING TO ACCEPT ALL 8 CHIMPANZEES ... where they can live their remaining lives in safety not on exhibition in an overseas roadside zoo!
Thank YOU for your continued support!
Photo: Chimpanzee living freely in sanctuary. (c)JMcArthur/NEAVS