Chimpanzees are our closest human relatives – they have family bonds, make and use tools and show signs of language – and yet, humans are wiping them out.
Wild chimpanzee populations have plummeted in the last 20 to 30 years, and face more threats ahead. The bushmeat trade (the unsustainable hunting of wildlife) is a root issue endangering chimpanzees. To make this practice even worse, orphaned chimpanzee babies are typically sold in local markets and often end up in the pet trade after watching their mothers being brutally killed.
Hunters remove more than 1 million metric tons of bushmeat from the Congo Basin forests each year. In only one year, 15,000 carcasses from wild species passed through the markets in the city of Brazzaville - approximately 293 of them were chimpanzees.
It's time the U.S. stood up against the cruel practice pushing chimps and other endangered species to the brink of extinction.
Tell Congress to discourage illegal bushmeat trafficking and other destructive activities - like irresponsible logging and mining practices - that contribute to it!
Dear [Decision maker],
I am outraged by the killing of chimpanzees and other imperiled wildlife species for the so-called bushmeat trade - a cruel practice that pushing great apes and other species to the very brink of extinction.
As your constituent, I strongly urge you to support legislation to discourage the bushmeat trade and other destructive activities - like irresponsible logging and mining practices - that contribute to it.