Born Free USA position: SUPPORT
Update (July 30, 2014): S. 1463 passed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works without amendments.
This bill amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates in the exotic "pet" trade. It is narrowly crafted to target the commerce in and private possession of primates, and would not impact zoos, universities or wildlife sanctuaries.
Charla Nash, an inspirational woman who survived a brutal pet chimpanzee attack in 2009, spoke before the media and members of Congress in July about her ordeal. Her message: she does not want what happened to her to happen to any other person, because it’s preventable. Her courageous story has galvanized support throughout Congress. Read our press release about the event here.
Write to your members of Congress in support of the bill!
Read the full text of the bill and follow its progress here.