Based on this agenda, we hope to halt current
trends of habitat destruction in the wild and the invasive use
of great apes in captivity worldwide. Researchers from various
disciplines, zoo persons, media persons, and the general public
with a concern for our evolutionary neighbors, need to work together
to support wildlife conservation programs and to develop suitable
conditions for the life of the great apes in captivity.
We hope that you will demonstrate your approval and support for our attempt toward a better life for the great apes in the 21st century. The great apes can form a good bridge between human beings and the rest of the natural world. They clearly allow us to appreciate that the "humans vs. animals" dichotomy is no longer valid. We share the earth. The great apes are our evolutionary neighbors and are symbolic of the symbiosis of all living creatures, the biodiversity on the planet, and the importance of ecosystems.
Note: as of autumn 2006 all invasive biomedical research on chimpanzees in Japan was stopped completely thanks to extensive support from the public; all chimpanzees formerly involved in biomedical research have now been retired and are housed comfortably at Kumamoto Sanctuary, run by Kyoto University.