Keep Chimps in the U.S.

Oppose Proposed Move by Yerkes

Following years of being used for human benefit, chimpanzees retired from labs deserve to go sanctuaries, where their needs come first. However, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center thinks differently. Yerkes, a federal lab supported with your tax-dollars, is planning to ‘donate’ eight chimpanzees⎯males, Lucas and Fritz and females, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Georgia, and Elvira⎯ to Wingham Wildlife Park (WWP), an unaccredited zoo in the UK. This move is not only unnecessary, it is dangerous and will put the health and welfare of these animals at risk.

There’s time to help these chimpanzees, but your urgent action is needed!

Chimpanzees are an endangered species, so in order to transport them to the UK,
Yerkes needs a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS should reject Yerkes’ permit request. Here’s why:

  1. There are serious health risks to consider. The chimps will be sedated, and anesthesia can be dangerous, even under the best of conditions. The extended transport time will also cause much stress and anxiety.
  2. Yerkes has stated that the chimpanzees may be used in the future for breeding. There’s no need to increase the captive chimp population.
  3. Wingham Wildlife Park is not an accredited zoo and is only held to minimal standards of care, which are not what these animals deserve.

Sanctuaries in the U.S. have offered to take in Lucas, Fritz, Georgia, and the rest of the females. There’s no good reason for Yerkes to put their health and well-being at risk just to send them to a zoo in the UK.

TELL FWS TO DENY YERKES’ PERMIT REQUEST!

Directions to submit comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service:

  • On the right side, in blue box, click “Comment Now!”
  • A new page will open. In the comment box, ask the FWS to deny Yerkes’ request for a permit to transport chimpanzees to the UK. You may copy and paste AAVS’s sample letter below or submit your own personal comments.
  • Under the comment box, you will be asked to provide your contact information.
    Click the blue “Continue” button.
  • Preview your comments.
    Scroll down and check “I read and understand the statement above.”
    Click “Submit Comment.”
  • You should receive a notice that “Your comment was submitted successfully!”
Sample Letter

 

I strongly urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to deny the Yerkes National Primate Research Center’s permit request to export eight chimpanzees to the Wingham Wildlife Park (WWP) in the UK. Transporting these animals to this zoo is unnecessary, and puts the health and welfare of these animals at serious risk, for no good reason.

The chimpanzees will face serious health risks. They will need to be sedated, and anesthesia can be dangerous, even under the best of conditions. Also the long transport itself will cause the chimps much stress and anxiety.

Yerkes has stated that the chimpanzees may be used for breeding in the future. We do not need more chimpanzees in captivity.

I’m very concerned that Wingham Wildlife Park is not an accredited zoo and is only held to minimal standards of care, which are not what these animals deserve.

U.S. sanctuaries have already offered to take these eight chimpanzees, so there’s no good reason for Yerkes to put their health and well-being at risk just so they can live in a zoo in the UK.

Please deny Yerkes’ permit request to export eight chimpanzees. Thank you for your time and attention.