Project ChimpCARE is dedicated to improving the lives of chimpanzees living across the United States. If you care about this important and complex species, you can be part of this effort as well…here’s how:
(1) LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUES
Information is power. Simply by visiting this site and educating yourself on the issues affecting chimpanzee care, you have taken a big step in the right direction. Continue to find out the facts about how chimpanzees live in the wild, the circumstances under which they live across the United States, and the problems facing a long-term sustainable housing solution. And don’t just trust us…visit other web sites with information about chimpanzees and their plight.
With this information, you will be prepared to make your own individual judgments about appropriate care for chimpanzees and how to be a part of a better future for this species.
(2) SUPPORT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS CARING FOR CHIMPANZEES
Many organizations, including zoos and sanctuaries, that house chimpanzees rely heavily on public support. Take the time to determine if your local zoo or sanctuary meets your expectations for care and consider the governmental or accrediting standards they must adhere to. Then demonstrate your support for these organizations by:
Support for organizations that meet your standards of care is a vote of confidence that they provide appropriate care for the chimpanzees they house.
(3) MAKE INFORMED CONSUMER DECISIONS
Every time you buy a product, you are advocating for that company’s organizational standards and values. By avoiding products that use chimpanzees in advertising you are sending a clear message that this practice is not acceptable. By avoiding movies and television shows that utilize chimpanzee actors, you are communicating your displeasure with that industry. The choice is yours, and when it comes to your consumer choices, companies will listen.
(4) WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
Let your voice be heard by your local, state and federal government officials. Laws governing private ownership of chimpanzees across the country are changing rapidly. Passing of these laws is often dependent on public support. Take the time to learn about the issues and legislation, and support legislation that promotes the proper care of chimpanzees.
(5) THINK GLOBALLY AND CONSIDER CONSERVATION ISSUES
As a result of deforestation and the illegal bushmeat trade in Africa, populations of chimpanzees are in steady decline. This inevitably results in huge influx of orphan chimpanzees, putting a heavy burden on ape sanctuaries in Africa. The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is a consortium of 25 sanctuaries housing over 800 chimpanzees. PASA is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Africa’s primates and the conservation of their natural habitat.
If you care about chimpanzees in the United States, you should also care about how chimpanzees are cared for in Africa and in the wild.