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U.S. Senate Takes Action to Protect Captive Primates

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 1:30pm

On Thursday, June 21, the United States Senate moved forward on important legislation to protect the welfare of captive primates. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved the Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1324), introduced by the committee’s Chair, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The measure can now be considered by the full Senate.

The Captive Primate Safety Act would ban monkeys and other primates from the exotic pet trade. As we all know, no wild animal, especially a primate, should ever be kept as a pet.

Apes and monkeys are highly intelligent animals who need to live with their own kind in order to develop normally. In the wild, they inhabit large territories and enjoy companionship in organized social groups. Private owners have neither the knowledge nor the proper environments to provide the long-term, specialized care that captive primates require.

Many captive primates have attacked humans and other animals, or have escaped from their enclosures into the community. Bites and scratches from nonhuman primates can transmit viruses that can cause severe infections and even death to humans.

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While we applaud Chairwoman Boxer and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for moving forward with this important legislation to protect primates, more work still needs to be done. Please call your two U.S. senators today and ask them to cosponsor S. 1324, the Captive Primate Safety Act. You can find your senators' names and numbers here.

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Karen Leitenberger

Please protect our primates!

Kelly Lizyness

These animals should not be held in captivity because if we did not have jerks trying to kill them there would be more than enough so we would not have to have them in captivity. please protect these innocent animals.

bobbi

consider saving these guys please

eileen kell

The Captive Primate Safety Act would ban monkeys and other primates from the exotic pet trade. As we all know, no wild animal, especially a primate, should ever be kept as a pet.

Apes and monkeys are highly intelligent animals who need to live with their own kind in order to develop normally. In the wild, they inhabit large territories and enjoy companionship in organized social groups. Private owners have neither the knowledge nor the proper environments to provide the long-term, specialized care that captive primates require.

Many captive primates have attacked humans and other animals, or have escaped from their enclosures into the community. Bites and scratches from nonhuman primates can transmit viruses that can cause severe infections and even death to humans.

Michelle Swindle

Primates are not pets!

Trish

They should be able to live in the wild freely with their own kind. If someone has a monkey and it attacks someone or a small child, there's a chance that, that monkey could possibly be put down which has happened before. It is definitely not fair to the animal at all. They should live in the wild, which is their home.

Sandra

Never should a wild animal should ever be kept as a pet! Protect the primates!

Barb

Any wild animal needs to be in the wild not as pets. No wild animal should be caged up and abuse. These are wild animals and do not keep them as pets. They need to be in the wild where they belong. Thank you for doing your job. We need more laws to protect all animals. No animal should suffer from any humans.