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Feb 26, 2009

Lost in the pomp and circumstance of President Obama's non-State of the Union address on Tuesday was an important step in Congress for animal lovers. The House of Representatives passed the Captive Primate Safety Act by a vote of 323 to 95.

The Captive Primate Safety Act would make it illegal to engage in interstate and foreign commerce with primates as pets - making it much more difficult for people to buy a chimp as a pet. And given the recent incident in Connecticut (which fellow Care2 blogger Sharon S. so eloquently discussed earlier), it's becoming more and more clear that some sort of regulation is necessary to ensure something like that doesn't happen again.

The LA Times talked to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D.-Ore.), the bill's cosponsor. He offers reasons familiar to animal lovers why the Captive Primate Safety Act is a good piece of legislation:

"Make no mistake, this bill will protect our communities and ensure the welfare of these animals," Blumenauer said today. "The horrific chimpanzee attack in Connecticut last week brought a renewed urgency to this issue and I am pleased with today's long overdue passage of this bill. Primates are wild animals and should not be regularly transported around the United States and integrated into our communities or our households. Today we have taken an important step toward the welfare of humans and animals."

If the Captive Primate Safety Act had been in place when Travis, the chimp who mauled the woman in Connecticut, was born in Missouri, it would have been illegal for them to sell him to his owner in Connecticut. That's why it's so critical that this piece of legislation makes it through the Senate as well and onto President Obama's desk. I urge you to take a moment to sign a petition sending a letter of support for the act to you senator.

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Posted: Feb 26, 2009 5:43pm


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