Monday, March 22, 2010

Illinois House Approves Pet Monkey Ban

If you ever wanted to own a pet monkey, you might want to act fast. Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban state residents from keeping primates as pets.

The proposal approved by the Illinois House on Friday would make it illegal to "keep, harbor, care for, act as custodian of or maintain" any primate – such as a monkey, lemur, chimpanzee, orangutan or gorilla. The measure would exempt zoos, circuses, science labs, universities, veterinary hospitals and animal refuges.

Already own pet monkey? The ban would not apply to you if you bought the monkey by 2011 and registered it with your local animal control agency.

Lawmakers also added an exemption for people who are disabled, so that they could keep a single capuchin monkey to assist them in daily tasks.

The House approved the ban without debate Friday, by a 105-2 vote. The measure now goes to the State Senate for consideration.

Full story here.

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