Take Action to End the Primate Pet Trade

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Originally Posted: 15 January 2009

Take Action to End the Primate Pet Trade

From the National Anti-Vivisection Society

Sign Here to Support Federal Legislation:
Name: Captive Primate Safety Act
Number: H.R. 80
Call for Action: Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to support H.R. 80, to stop the interstate trade in primates sold as pets.

Summary of bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has again introduced a bill, H.R. 80, which would stop commerce in primates for the exotic pet trade. The Captive Primate Safety Act, introduced this session by U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR), will not only save primates from inadequate and inhumane living conditions, but it will also protect people from serious injury and deadly disease.

The House passed the Captive Primate Safety Act during the last session of Congress, but the Senate failed to act on the bill and it died at the end of the session. The current bill was introduced the first week of the new session and will hopefully get the momentum necessary to obtain support in both the House and Senate.

Commercial trafficking in primates as pets is extremely dangerous. While chimpanzees, monkeys, and other primates appear small and sweet as babies, these animals grow to be much stronger than humans. Aside from being able to inflict serious injury with bites and scratches, primates can also carry deadly diseases like Herpes B, salmonella, tuberculosis, and Ebola. Over the past decade, at least 100 people, 29 of whom were children, have been injured by captive primates.

Today there are an estimated 15,000 primates living in captivity in the United States. These captive primates, just like their wild counterparts, need room to swing and climb, the companionship of other nonhuman primates, as well as special diets. Most primate owners cannot meet these needs, and so the primates in their care are inhumanely caged in bedrooms and basements.

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