Born Free USA position: SUPPORT
Bill description: This bill amends the Large Carnivore Act and creates the Non-Human Primate Act. The changes to the Large Carnivore Act will streamline the process for registering large carnivores, helping the state Department of Agriculture to better enforce permitting laws. The Non-Human Primate Act will ban the possession of baboons and great apes.
Background: Born Free USA has been instrumental in introducing and advancing this incremental initiative. In Missouri, keeping non-human primates is currently legal and does not even require a permit. This bill will prevent individuals from owning some of the most dangerous primates and serves to chip away at Missouri’s lack of legal protection for wild animals.
What you can do: Call or e-mail your legislators and urge them to support S.B. 149. Join our Action Alert team to receive regular updates about this bill.
Read the bill's full text here. (PDF)
Note: The text and status of Missouri bills is also available at www.house.mo.gov/billcentral.aspx.