December 17, 2013
Urge Your State Senator to Support S.B. 669!
There is exciting progress in the fight to end the private
ownership of primates in Michigan. Senator Rick Jones (R-24) has introduced
S.B. 669 to make it unlawful to own, breed, or sell nonhuman primates as pets.
We need your help to urge the Agriculture Committee to
approve this bill!
S.B. 669 is a companion to H.B. 4300, which was
introduced by Representative Andrew Kandrevas (D-13) earlier this year. It
addresses the cruelty that is inherent in private primate ownership. Imagine
monkeys, for instance, who are caged and isolated, with their teeth and nails
extracted to “tame” them. Individuals who keep primates as “pets” simply don’t
have the knowledge or resources to care for them, and fail to recognize that
wild animals belong in the wild. The atrocious conditions are only part of the
Private possession of primates endangers public
safety because primates have incredible strength and have been responsible for
causing serious human injuries. Just five years ago, a child was bitten by a
neighbor’s “pet” primate in Trenton. The private possession of large cats
and bears is already prohibited in Michigan by the Large Carnivore Act, and
primates need to join this list.
The senators on the Agriculture Committee need to
hear that this bill is crucial for public safety and animal welfare, and that their
constituents care deeply about the issue. Please call or email these senators to tell them that both primates and humans
in Michigan deserve this protection.
For the animals,
P.S. For additional advocacy, please write to your federal senators and representatives in Washington, D.C. and urge them to similarly support the Captive Primate Safety Act.
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