End the Pet Primate Trade - The Petition Site

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The U.S. Senate is the last hurdle for the Captive Primate Safety Act that would end the trade in "pet" primates.

Keeping primates as pets causes needless suffering for chimpanzees, macaques, baboons and other species. Primates are wild animals -- unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Sometimes their teeth or fingernails are filed down or removed in an effort to make them seem safe, but they still bite and cause serious injuries to people, often to children. Plus, nonhuman primates can carry harmful diseases such as Ebola, tuberculosis, and herpes-B.

The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) will prohibit the import, export, and interstate commerce in nonhuman "pet" primates. Here's the bottom line: Wildlife belongs in the wild. The Senate must pass this important bill -- please contact your senators right now.


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