Help Us Save Primates

Help Us Save Primates

The Captive Primate Safety Act

They’re cute, but primates don’t make good pets.

It is estimated there are more than 15,000 nonhuman primates in the U.S. currently living in unsuitable conditions such as pets or within the entertainment industry. There is no federal law to regulate the possession of primates like lemurs, capuchin monkeys, slow lorises, or even chimpanzees as personal pets. The Captive Primate Safety Act would federally prohibit the pet primate trade and protect these cognitively advanced animals.

Primates as pets are a risk to individual animal wellbeing and human health and safety, and the demand for them also increases occurrences of illegal wildlife trafficking. By voicing your support for the Captive Primate Safety Act, you can help end the use of primates as pets and performers.

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