PETITION TARGET: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Helpless baby monkeys are being ripped from their mother’s arms to be sold as exotic “pets” in the United States, held captive in cages or on chains.
When the babies grow up, they become wild and unpredictable. Sadly, owners often tire of the animals, or are simply unable to care for them, leading to a lifetime of suffering for the primates.
It’s time for US law to recognize that primates are NOT pets.
The Captive Primate Safety Act (CPSA) could help end these animals’ suffering by banning all activities related to the primate pet trade — including importation, exportation, transportation, sale, receipt, acquisition, and the purchase of any “prohibited primate species.”
If passed, chimpanzees, galagos, gibbons, gorillas, lemurs, lorises, monkeys, orangutans, tarsiers, or any hybrid of those species would be protected from enduring lives of isolation and abuse at a federal level.
The legislation is necessary to plug the holes created by a patchwork of incongruous state bans, said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the bill’s main sponsor in the House.
While most states regulate the sale and purchasing of primates as pets — with 31 states outright prohibiting the practice — states do not have the authority to regulate or prohibit online sales or purchases made through out-of-state dealers and auctions.
We must speak out today to put end to this cruel primate trade, insidiously masquerading as a loving pet industry.
Sign this petition urging House and Senate leaders to pass the CPSA to save innocent monkeys from lives of deprivation and suffering.