The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Didn't Charla Nash's Attack By Travis The Chimpanzee Wake Anyone Up?

This is why we need the public to help. Write to your state Representative and tell them to Ban ALL Primates. You can find a link to your representative at the top of this Blog.

Did we learn nothing from the tragedy of Charla Nash, the woman violently attacked earlier this year by a friend's pet chimp? While these two incidents are different in terms of the size of the animal involved or the severity of the injuries sustained, they both underscore a good point: primates are not meant to be pets. A 10-month old LaPorte, Indiana girl suffered some minor injuries when a pet monkey grabbed the girl's head and banged it against its cage several times. Per ABC 7:
Police say the girl was being held during a visit Sunday to the LaPorte home of her mother's aunt and uncle when the caged monkey pulled on the hood of the girl's coat. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of a rope burn to her neck from a drawstring and red marks on the back of her head.

f you remember, the U.S. House has passed the Captive Primate Safety Act which would amend the currently imposed Lacey Act by adding "nonhuman primates" to the list of "live animal of any prohibited wildlife species." The bill had 26 sponsors in the House, including Mark Kirk (R), Jan Schakowsky (D), and Luis Gutierrez (D), all of Illinois. The bill now sits in the U.S. Senate; the last action taken on it was being placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders back in July. For now, according to ABC 7's report, there's no permit requirement to own a pet monkey in Indiana.


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