Tell Your Senator to End the Primate Pet Trade

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Originally Posted: 28 March 2010

Tell Your Senator to End the Primate Pet Trade

FROM National Anti-vivisection Society (NAVS)

Tell your Senator to support The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) that will end the trafficking in primates for the pet trade. This Bill was approved by the House of Representatives last July. It's time for the Senate to move forward on this legislation.


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I am writing to you in support of the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80), which would ban interstate trade in primates for the exotic pet trade. The House of Representatives has passed this bill by a wide margin, in part because of the recent vicious attack by a chimpanzee living in a private home in Connecticut.

Primates pose serious health risks to humans because many carry deadly diseases. At the same time, they deserve to live in conditions which meet their needs, not to spend their lives caged in someone's basement. Though an infant primate appears cuddly and controllable, even a small adult monkey can seriously injure or kill a full-grown human. Primates belong in the wild, not in interstate commerce.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!