Praise Arkansas for Banning Primates as Pets

Target: Arkansas Legislators

Goal: Commend the state of Arkansas for protecting animal welfare and public safety by banning the possession of primates.

The Arkansas legislature passed a bill to prohibit the future private possession of apes, chimpanzees, baboons, and macaque monkeys. Until the bill was passed, Arkansas was one of nine states in the United States that did not have any restrictions for owning primates. The new bill not only bans private ownership of primates, but it also regulates the welfare standards of primates in facilities such as zoos, research laboratories, and rehabilitation centers. This legislation will protect citizens from primate attacks and protect primates from being inhumanely kept as pets. Applaud Arkansas legislators for passing this bill.

The new measure requires registration of all primates in all facilities. This is important for documenting how many primates are in the state and what their purposes are. The ruling also prohibits public contact with primates and requires facilities to comply with the Animal Welfare Act’s caging standards for primates. The legislation ensures that Arkansans are safe from unprecedented primate attacks, as well as the potential deadly viral, bacterial, and fungal infections that non-human primates can spread to humans. Many primate experts and zoological societies oppose the private possession of primates.

As highly intelligent and social creatures, primates require professional, well-managed care. Primates that are kept as pets tend to develop into mentally disturbed individuals with self-destructive and aggressive behaviors. There have been several instances of pet primates attacking their owners and people who raised them since they were young. Pet primates often have their teeth removed in an attempt to make them less dangerous. However, this painful procedure leads to chronic health problems. In addition, baby primates that are taken away from their mothers when just days old develop depression-related behavioral disorders.

Arkansas legislators have noted that keeping primates as pets is inhumane and dangerous. The new bill is a great step toward minimizing the conflict between humans and wild animals. Sign the petition below to applaud Arkansas legislators for protecting human safety and animal welfare.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Legislators,

I would like to commend you for passing a new bill that would prohibit the private possession of primates in your state. The new ruling bans all private ownership of apes, chimpanzees, baboons, and macaque monkeys. In addition, under the new measure, facilities that keep primates will be required to register all primates and comply with the Animal Welfare Act’s caging standards. This legislation will protect citizens from primate attacks and protect primates from being inhumanely kept as pets.

As you may know, non-human primates can spread deadly viral, bacterial, and fungal infections to humans when kept in the same confined space. In addition, primates are difficult to care for since they are highly intelligent and social creatures. Primates that are kept as pets tend to develop into mentally disturbed individuals with self-destructive and aggressive behaviors. Keeping a primate as a pet is cruel to the primate and dangerous to the owner.

Thank you for joining dozens of other states in protecting human safety and advancing animal welfare.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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