Friday, June 27, 2008

House of Representatives Passes Captive Primate Safety Act

captive primate safety actBanning importation and sale of primates: The House passed the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2964) sponsored by Rep. Eddie Johnson, D-Texas. The legislation would ban the sale or importation of primate species. Supporters said the bill would protect public health by preventing the transmission of diseases by primates kept as pets while also protecting the welfare of the primates. Opponents said the bill duplicated enforcement efforts already in place at the state level. The vote, on Tuesday, was 302 yeas to 96 nays, with a two-thirds majority needed for approval.

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