Chimpanzees might finally be getting protection from medical testing, according to the latest reports, which suggest that in the U.S. chimps could be headed for “endangered” classification. This would be an impressive change from what has been a long-standing, and long-fought set of rules, which kept chimps from gaining a status that would protect them; especially as it pertained to medical testing. Medical testing on chimps is something that has been practiced for decades in the U.S. and currently, the U.S. is the only country in the world that has such a practice established still that hasn’t been turned over and changed.
Dan Ashe, who is the director of the Humane Society pointed out that, “Extending captive chimpanzees the protections afforded their endangered cousins in the wild will ensure humane treatment and restrict commercial activities under the Endangered Species Act.” This though is something that conservationists have been the fight for, for years. It has become a challenge in some parts of the world to maintain a level of protection to these animals, but it has been afforded to them globally. Now, it’s time for the United States to catch up with the rest of the world in this regard.
Jonathan Lovvorn of the Humane Society shared his sentiment with the change in the classifications, pointing out that, “Hopefully, this sends a strong signal to not even attempt to use these animals.” His point is that the impact long-term of changes to the classification of the chimps would have a profound impact on the overall upkeep of the species.
Jane Goodall, who is a U.N. member of the peace, pointed out the importance of this classification change because it will have a long-term positive impact. She said, “As such it is a tremendously significant decision that will be welcomed by everyone concerned with the well-being of our closest living relatives.” Now, it becomes a matter of waiting and seeing what changes actually come of this anticipated change – which would significantly improve the overall standing of chimps in the U.S. and set the United States back on pace with the rest of the world, at least as it pertains to maintaining one of the most important species in the world today.