LITTLE ROCK – Officials at the Little Rock Zoo are urging patrons to support proposed legislation that would ban private ownership of primates.
The zoo says it supports senate bill SB901 because of safety and health concerns. SB901 is scheduled to be considered by the house Public Health Committee on Thursday.
In an email, zoo director Susan Altrui says primates purchased by private citizens as pets often grow up to be adults that are difficult to control. As a result zoos are often asked to take custody of the primates, which they can't always do.
In addition, Altrui says pet primates pose a risk to public health because they can carry diseases such as Ebola and hepatitis B.
On Tuesday a group of monkey owners showed up at the State Capitol to speak out against the legislation.
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Here is the Bill- (click on each page to enlarge- opens as a PDF) bill found here