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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