The Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA, the Jane Goodall Institute, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and International Fund for Animal Welfare applaud U.S. Reps Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. for introducing H.R. 2856, the Captive Primate Safety Act, and urge the bill’s swift passage. The bill amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates for the exotic pet trade.
About half of the states already prohibit private possession of some or all primate species as pets, but primates are easily obtained via the Internet and through out-of-state dealers and auctions, making a federal law necessary to support the efforts of state law enforcement and to promote global conservation efforts. Similar legislation cleared a Senate committee last year, but Congress adjourned before it could be enacted.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “The Captive Primate Safety Act is necessary, common-sense legislation for the welfare of animals and human safety. Private citizens are ill-equipped to properly care for these complex and intelligent animals, and law enforcement agencies expend countless hours and resources responding to the escapes, attacks and neglect cases that inevitably arise when primates are kept in private hands.”
Rep. Fitzpatrick said: "Keeping primates as household pets is both inhumane to animals and dangerous to humans. The dangers of keeping exotic 'pets' are illustrated by the more than 200 injuries to people by primates since 1999 and their potential to be a threat to public health. It's for these reasons that I was proud to re-introduce the Captive Primate Safety Act along with my colleague Congressman Blumenauer—a common-sense reform that will keep primates out of the hands of private citizens." More....