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!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New bill aimed at restricting primates as pets- Yeah

A bill aimed at restricting the ownership of primates as pets in Arkansas is headed for a final reading in the state Senate today.

Sen. Percy Malone, D-Arkadelphia, said he agreed to sponsor the bill after being approached by a representative of the Little Rock Zoo. Malone said he was startled when his research revealed some of the diseases that can be transmitted from primates to humans, including influenza, herpes B and internal parasites.

“They can transmit hepatitis [A] and the Ebola virus,” he said. “That really got my attention. These are diseases that have no cure.

“Beyond the public health issue, which was the overriding issue for me, I have not seen or read of any reason that primates ...
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