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Arizona Game and Fish Commission Passes Regulation to Prohibit Primates as Pets

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission passed a regulation to prohibit the future private possession of primates such as baboons, macaque monkeys and capuchins. The Governor's Regulatory Review Council recently approved the measure, which takes effect on Dec. 5, 2015. Kellye Pinkleton, Arizona state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“Primates are highly social and intelligent animals, and private citizens are ill-equipped to provide for them sufficiently. We commend the Arizona Game and Fish Commission for passing this sensible regulation that not only protects the animals, but also protects residents from dangers related to attacks as well as potentially deadly viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections that pet primates can spread to people. Arizona joins the majority of other states that already prohibit keeping primates as pets. These animals belong in the wild and in accredited zoos, not someone’s backyard or basement.”

With Arizona’s new policy, 27 states now prohibit the private possession of dangerous primates.  The HSUS is advocating for passage of federal legislation in Congress, H.R. 2920, the Captive Primate Safety Act, to prohibit the interstate commerce and Internet purchases of primates for the pet trade.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545

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