Protect Primates and People from Dangerous and Inhumane Trade

Recently, three people were bitten by a pet marmoset monkey that escaped from a home in North Carolina. In Tennessee, a woman was severely injured in her own driveway by a pet macaque monkey who escaped from a neighbor's home. And it's not easy to forget the horrific incident in Stamford, Connecticut, where a pet chimpanzee attacked a woman -- tearing off her hands, nose, lips, and eyelids -- blinding her in both eyes.

As these incidents highlight, the private ownership of primates too often ends in tragedy. Even without such extreme examples, keeping primates in backyards, basements, and living rooms deprives the animals of all that is natural to them, and clearly presents significant public safety risks. Roughly half of the states already prohibit private possession of some or all primate species as pets. However, primates are easily obtained via the Internet and through out-of-state dealers and auctions, which makes federal legislation necessary to support the efforts of state law enforcement and to promote global conservation efforts.

The Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463/H.R. 2856) amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.

Please fill out the form below with a brief, polite message to urge your U.S. Senators and Representative to co-sponsor and support the Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463/H.R. 2856)

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Dear Legislator,

Please co-sponsor and support The Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463/H.R. 2856) which, if passed, would prohibit the transport of primates across state lines for the pet trade.

Primates can inflict serious injuries and spread life-threatening diseases, including tuberculosis and herpes-B. Since 1990, more than 275 people -- including scores of children -- have been injured by primates, and many more incidents likely went unreported.

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