August 22, 2013
Senate Reintroduces Key Primate Bill. Act Now!
There is exciting news for primates coming from the U.S. Senate! Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and David Vitter (R-LA) just reintroduced the Captive Primate Safety Act, S.1463, which will prohibit the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primates in the exotic "pet" trade. It is a companion to H.R.2856, an identical bill that was recently introduced in the House. We need you to speak out now in support of this crucial piece of legislation.
Roughly half of all states already prohibit private possession of primates as pets, but primates are easily obtained via the Internet and through out-of-state dealers and auctions, making federal legislation necessary to support the efforts of state law enforcement.
The trade in pet primates greatly compromises animal welfare and poses grave dangers to human health and safety. Primates are strong and can be aggressive. As documented in Born Free USA's exotic animal incidents database, since 1990, more than 270 people — including dozens of children — have been injured by primates. One well-known case happened in 2009, when a pet chimpanzee mauled a woman nearly to death in Connecticut. Primates also pose disease risks, including transmission of Ebola, tuberculosis, and herpes B.
We are particularly passionate about this bill because of our work running the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas, which has taken in countless primates rescued from inappropriate "pet" situations. All compassionate citizens should contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor this vital legislation without delay.
For the animals,
P.S. The House bill, H.R.2856, still needs your support as well! To take further action, don't forget to contact your U.S. Representatives in support of that legislation.
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