The Endangered Species Act

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Plan to Export Chimps Tests Law to Protect Species

By JAMES GORMAN

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In June, the United States announced that all chimpanzees would be designated as endangered. Credit Pat Sullivan/Associated Press

 

When the Fish and Wildlife Service decided in June to classify all chimpanzees, captive or wild, as endangered, the ruling meant that any biomedical experiment or export of chimps from the United States, whoever owned them, would be subject to a strict permit process under the Endangered Species Act.

Only actions that benefited chimpanzees as a species would be allowed. Read more.