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The risks of primate "pets"

Published 03/04/09

Carlie and Bob, independent animal rescue workers who have been together 21 years, have a difference of opinion about a 7-year-old Hamadryas baboon named Higgins, who spends a good part of most evenings watching HDTV in his heated monkey house, often holding hands with Bob. Carlie thinks that it is time to ship Higgins to a baboon preserve, and Bob wants to keep him at home.

Born Free USA maintains a database of attacks by captive exotic animals.

My Monkey, My Self
Joyce Wadler
The New York Times

Local governments confront dangerous "pets"

Published 03/03/09

Cities and states are updating their animal control laws after a spate of violent and bizarre animal incidents, including Michael Vick's dogfighting ring in 2007 and last week's attack by Travis the chimpanzee in Connecticut.

Born Free USA maintains a database of attacks by captive exotic animals.

Local gov'ts confront dangerous pets
Oren Dorell, Greg Latshaw, and Donna Leinwand
USA TODAY


Captive Primate Safety Act hits the blogosphere

Published 02/25/09

Just a week after a savage attack in Connecticut involving a chimpanzee, the House today overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at curbing the keeping of primates as pets. The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) passed on a vote of 323-95. Sponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), the bill would amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to add primates to the list of animals that cannot be transported across state lines by individuals.

"The primate trade involves enormous animal suffering and threats to human safety," says Adam Roberts, senior vice president of Born Free USA. "Wildlife belongs in the wild."

Following Brutal Chimp Attack, House Overwhelmingly Passes Primate Pet Ban
Scott Nance
On the Hill (blog)


Connecticut agency unknowing contributor to chimpanzee attack tragedy

Published 02/20/09

The CT Department of Environmental Protection allowed a Stamford couple to keep a 200-pound chimpanzee without a permit, despite a 2004 state law that required they apply for and obtain the necessary approvals from the agency. On Monday, Travis, a 14-year-old chimpanzee, savagely attacked a family friend, who remained in critical condition Tuesday in Stamford Hospital. A DEP spokesman said the agency granted the couple a special exemption, noting that the DEP "had no compelling evidence there was a public safety risk," he said. "We had no reports there were issues." Born Free USA, a national nonprofit animal advocacy group, in a statement Tuesday, noted that Travis made headlines in 2003 for briefly escaping from his owners in downtown Stamford. Born Free Senior Vice President Nicole Paquette called on Gov. M. Jodi Rell to ban the keeping of primates as pets in Connecticut.

DEP let couple keep chimp without required permit
Brian Lockhart
The Stamford Advocate

"Pet" chimp raises many questions amid tragedy

Published 02/17/09

In the wake of a brutal attack by a pet chimpanzee on a Connecticut woman, people are asking what went wrong. But that, a wildlife expert says, is the wrong question. “What we should examine is, ‘Should people be keeping chimpanzees at home?’” wildlife biologist and Animal Planet TV host Jeff Corwin told Today’s Matt Lauer Tuesday.

Experts try to explain pet chimp’s rampage
Mike Celizic
MSNBC


Ducking out of the Ringling Trial

Published 02/06/09

Kenneth Feld, the sole owner of Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus did not appear in U.S Federal Court today. Buying his way out of trouble is a way of life for Ken Feld, but this time, he just may be trapped. These animal rights people are not clowning around!

Reckoning at Ringling Bros.
Leslie Griffith
The Huffington Post

CNN: Judge hears case alleging circus elephant abuse

Published 02/04/09


Ringling Trial Begins

Published 02/04/09

A federal judge began hearing a lawsuit alleging the abuse of circus elephants, including the use of heavy chains, tethers and sharp tools called bullhooks.

Learn more about the trial at www.bornfreeusa.org/ringling.

Judge hears case alleging circus elephant abuse
Paul Courson
CNN

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