ACTION ALERT -PRIMATE PROTECTION BILLS Senate S.1324 House HR4306

Oh look, another proposed animal ban. Now if you didn’t believe the Animal Rights Extremists have infiltrated the legislature…maybe you do now!!! This one is against ALL primates which includes the small monkeys and marmosets… Note: again we see the same not-for-profit organizations; not just in support of the another new BAD bill but, actually pushing and helping to write them?!? When and where does it end?!? When they realize this has brought some of the poorest conservation EVER?!?

Primates become part of a person’s family and highly regarded as service animals for the disable…I’m sickened that our lawmakers actually take this BULLSHIT seriously and we have to go out of our way to stop these bad bills about animals from becoming law!!! Please help stop this one -More to come!!! I still have to wrap my mind around this one!!!

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Animal Attraction: Bill Introduced in U.S. House to End Trade in Primates as ‘Pets’

http://www.khou.com/community/blogs/animal-attraction/Animal-Attraction—145893165.html

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 5:14 AM

The Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Legislative Fund and Born Free USA commend U.S. Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., for introducing H.R. 4306, the Captive Primate Safety Act, which amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.

The risk of keeping primates as pets has been illustrated time and time again, including the 2009 attack by a pet chimpanzee viciously mauling and disfiguring a Connecticut woman, who as a result required a full face transplant surgery.  Last October  in Zanesville, Ohio, a macaque monkey suspected of carrying herpes-B was released – along with around 50 other dangerous exotic ‘pets’ – by the owner of a private menagerie who then shot himself. While people cowered indoors and schools closed, law enforcement was forced to spend valuable resources hunting down escaped animals.

Since 1990, more than 200 people – including dozens of children – have been injured by primates, and many more incidents likely went unreported. Primates also pose disease risks, including transmission of tuberculosis and herpes-B.

“Until Congress takes action, dangerous primates will continue to be sold over the Internet and this trafficking will put communities at risk across the country. These highly social and intelligent creatures deserve better than to languish in bedrooms and basements,” said Michael arkarian, chief program and policy officer of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to Congressmen Fitzpatrick and Blumenauer for working to pass this urgently needed public safety and animal welfare measure.”

In 2003, the Captive Wildlife Safety Act was signed into law to prohibit interstate commerce in lions, tigers and other big cats as pets. Because primates face similar inhumane treatment and pose similar threats to public health and safety, animal protection advocates seek to add them to the list of species prohibited in commercial trade.

“The stories about chimpanzees harming not just their owners, but also innocent bystanders, grab headlines and tend to be widely reported. However, even smaller primates can carry disease and potentially pose a threat to public health and well-being,” said Fitzpatrick. “This law is about protecting the public as well as the animals who are often trafficked under very inhumane circumstances.”

“The last few years demonstrate the continued need for a strengthening of the Lacey Act in many areas, particularly when dealing with large primates, whose at times deadly impact on their human companions has been documented too many times in the past three years,” said Blumenauer. “Preventing these tragedies going forward should be a key priority for this Congress, and I look forward to working with Rep. Fitzpatrick on the House side and Senator Boxer on the Senate side to protect our public health and safety.”

“The recent tragedy in Ohio put a spotlight on the enormous danger and suffering involved when exotic animals are kept in private possession,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA. “Yet, even after this incident and many more, the captive primate trade continues to flourish. There is no excuse for keeping exotics in private hands. Congress must pass the Captive Primate Safety Act now.”

Roughly half of the states already prohibit private possession of primates as pets, but primates are easily obtained via the Internet and through out-of-state dealers and auctions, making federal legislation necessary to support the efforts of state law enforcement.

The Captive Primate Safety Act is narrowly crafted to target the commerce in and private possession of primates, and would not impact zoos, universities or wildlife sanctuaries. The HSUS, HSLF and Born Free USA are calling on Congress to move the legislation expeditiously so it can be signed into law this year. This legislation was approved by the full House and by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during the last congressional session, but was not enacted into law.

A Senate version of the Captive Primate Safety Act, S. 1324, was introduced last July by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

SOURCE and LINKS:

The Humane Society of the United States
http://www.humanesociety.org

Humane Society Legislative Fund
http://www.hslf.org

Born Free USA
http://www.bornfreeusa.org

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~ by topcatsroar on April 5, 2012.

2 Responses to “ACTION ALERT -PRIMATE PROTECTION BILLS Senate S.1324 House HR4306”

  1. So they have two incidents they state clearly one is skeptical at best the Charla incident with the chimp, I have my own opinions on this, and it has had enough publicity of a lifetime a situation where she clearly went into on her own free will, she put herself there, she went there willingly no one forced her, she got out of the car on her own, etc this was tragic but at the same time human ignorance was involved as well, the incident at the Thompsons I really wish they would refrain from stating believed to be carrying the deadly herpes B, first this is not a fact and is not proven, secondly I think if that primate had herpes B their other primates they owned would have it as well at the least… very disturbing they would try to pass their laws on circumstantial, skeptical incidents. It is time for Americans to step up and take their freedom back. We are very much at war within our own country. Until the govt wishes to pay our mortgages, taxes, insurances etc it is in my opinion they have no right to decide what we choose to have on property that is supposed to be considered private. I am still wrapping my head around this one, as it is clearly written in ignorance from a group that clearly has no idea what they are even saying….

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