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Captive chimpanzeeCaptive chimpanzeeCurrently the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) lists captive chimpanzees as threatened even though wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered. Captive chimpanzees in the United States are covered by a special rule allowing activities otherwise prohibited by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FWS will begin a status review into the possibility of reclassifying all captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered.

This review comes on the heels of a petition from animal rights groups. The 130 page document argues that there should be consistent protection for all chimpanzees regardless of whether they are in the wild or in captivity.

The petition focused on captive chimpanzees on movie sets and in medical research. An endangered designation for captive chimpanzees would make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for US scientists to continue to conduct research on chimpanzees for biological and behavioral studies.

If the designation is changed to endangered scientists could still petition the agency for permission to use captive chimpanzees for research but they would have to prove that the purpose of the research is for chimpanzee conservation. For instance, a trial testing the safety of a vaccine aimed at protecting chimpanzees could be construed as promoting chimpanzee conservation, while a trial establishing the safety of a drug for humans would not.

To ensure the status review is comprehensive, the FWS is soliciting information from all interested parties regarding the status of this species in the wild and in captivity. Comments must be submitted on or before October 31, 2011.

Please contact the FWS and demand that all chimpanzees be listed as endangered and recieve the same protection under the ESA!

Written comments can be submitted by one of the following methods:

Use this link

Click on "Submit a Comment"

US Mail
Public Comments Processing Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086
Division of Policy and Directives Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N Fairfax Dr, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203

Please Contact Your Representative About H.R. 2492,
the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act,
and Help Put an End to Animal Fighting!

Rescued Michael Vick fighting dogRescued Michael Vick fighting dogPeople who attend animal fights fund this cruel bloodsport with their entrance fees and gambling wagers. Currently dog fighting is a federal offense (US Code: Title 7,2156) but organizers are hard to catch because when police arrive they act as spectators; which under the current law is not an offense. H.R. 2492 the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011 will change that. The act will make it a federal crime, punishable by up to one year in prison, to knowingly attend an animal fight and impose up to a three year sentence for bringing a minor to a fight.

The bill currently has 58 sponsors and more are needed to ensure this bill moves out of committee and through to the House vote.

Contact your representative and urge them to cosponsor
the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011!

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Californians: Please Write to Governor Jerry Brown and  
Help Pass the Following Bills!

Please take five minutes to write to Governor Jerry Brown. There are many bills on his desk and countless animals will be affected by his actions now. Governor Brown must sign or veto the following bills by October 9th.

AB 1117 Cruelty
Introduced by Cameron Smith. Bill AB 1117 strengthens existing law on confiscation and holding of animals in cruelty cases and imposes a $1000 fine if the perpetrator violates a judge's order not to have animals.
Write to Governor Brown and tell him AB 1117 will help keep animal abusers away from animals and confiscated animals from being held for months as court evidence.

AB 1121 Dog Licenses

Introduced by Richard Pan. Bill AB 1121 authorizes local animal control agencies to require puppies be licensed. Requires breeders (as defined under current law: selling 20 dogs or 3 litters per year), rescue groups, humane societies, and pet shops to report adopters/buyers names every month to animal control so they can enforce licensing requirements.
Write to Governor Brown and tell him puppies need identification for their own safety. Licensing will reduce animal control costs for shelters suffering from budget cutbacks.

SB 702 Microchips
Introduced by Ted Lieu. Bill SB 702 requires dogs to be microchipped when adopted or reclaimed from animal control shelters.
Write to Governor Brown and tell him dogs need identification for their own protection.   

 You can write to Governor Brown by:


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US Mail

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 445-2841

(916) 558-3160

Please click here to see other bills on Governor Brown's desk that also need your support.

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