Research chimps will soon be listed as ‘endangered’

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Science  19 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6241, pp. 1296
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6241.1296

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will classify all captive chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The move gives captive chimps the same status as their wild counterparts and could deal a significant blow to biomedical research involving the animals. More than 700 chimps are involved in research in U.S. labs today. Under the new designation, which goes into effect on 14 September, anyone working with captive chimps in the United States must apply for a permit. Permits will be required for the sale and import of these animals, as well as for "any activities that are likely to result in stress or harm."