July 6, 2011
Captive Primate Safety Act Introduced in U.S. Senate!
Born Free USA again is spearheading an important congressional initiative to protect nonhuman primates. Today, U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1324), which prohibits interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates in the exotic "pet" trade. Please ask your two U.S. senators to co-sponsor the bill today.
The commercial trade in primates involves tremendous suffering and grave dangers to human health and safety. These innocent animals are often confined in small cages and have their teeth or fingernails extracted. We can’t allow animals to be mutilated in the name of companionship. Nonhuman primates also pose disease risks, including transmission of Ebola, tuberculosis and herpes B.
Even though nearly half of the states already prohibit private possession of these wild animals as "pets," primates are easily obtained over the Internet and through out-of-state dealers and auctions, making federal legislation necessary to support the efforts of state law enforcement.
Born Free USA knows the cruel effects of the trade firsthand. Many of our Primate Sanctuary residents were rescued from abusive situations in which they were forced into captivity as someone's "pet." As documented by Born Free USA's Exotic Animal Incidents Database, numerous incidents involving nonhuman primate escapes and injuries to humans — including small children — have occurred nationwide in recent years. Tragically, in many of these cases the nonhuman primates were then killed.
Please contact your U.S. senators today and help us pass the Captive Primate Safety Act.
For the animals,
P.S. The heat is on at Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary in southwest Texas. Please help the monkeys keep their cool — and be well-fed — by making a contribution today.
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