The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announced a new proposal that would protect thousands of chimps currently held in captivity.
Right now, there is a distinction in the government between chimpanzees in the wild and chimps held in captivity. Under the Endangered Species Act, wild chimps are protected and considered endangered but the same cannot be said for captive chimps. Because of this, captive chimps are often unprotected and some are exploited in commercials and movies or kept as pets. Not to mention the hundreds chimpanzees who are languishing away in labs around the country.
If passed, this proposal could save thousands of chimps from testing and torture.
Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Peace Messenger, joins Jane to discuss this very important proposal.
For more information and steps on how to get involved visit janegoodall.org.
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