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Originally Posted: August 1, 2013
FROM Born Free USA
Tell your Congressional Representative to support H.R. 2856, the Captive Primate Safety Act. Reintroduced by Reps Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Blumenauer (D-OR), the bill would prohibit the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primates in the exotic "pet" trade.
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As your constituent and a member of Born Free USA, I want to encourage
you to support H.R. 2856, the Captive Primate Safety Act. Reintroduced by
Reps Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Blumenauer (D-OR), the bill would prohibit the
interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primates in the exotic "pet"
The interstate trade in primates threatens public safety and has grave implications for animal welfare. Since 1990, more than 200 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.
Primates kept in captivity endure abusive conditions that include small cages and tooth extraction to "tame" them. 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 Captive Primate Safety Act is narrowly crafted to target the commerce in and private possession of primates, and would not impact zoos, universities or wildlife sanctuaries.
The nation is waiting for Congress to protect citizens and wildlife from the dangers of private possession of primates. I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 2856 today.
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