Tell Your Senator to co-sponsor/support S.1463, the Captive Primate Safety Act. Reintroduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and David Vitter (R-LA), 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
encourage you to support S.1463, the Captive Primate Safety Act.
Reintroduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and David Vitter (R-LA), the
bill would prohibit the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other
primates in the exotic "pet" trade.
The interstate trade in primates threatens public safety and has grave implications for animal welfare. 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.
Primates kept in captivity endure abusive conditions that include small cages, tethering, and tooth or fingernail extraction to try to make them less dangerous. 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 by individuals who are ill-equipped to provide these animals with the level of care they require.
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 S.1463 today.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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