February 24th, 2009
04:50 PM ET
11 years ago

House says ‘no’ to pet monkeys

 In the wake of a highly publicized chimpanzee attack, the House made its first official move to ban humans from owning primates as pets.

In the wake of a highly publicized chimpanzee attack, the House made its first official move to ban humans from owning primates as pets.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the wake of a highly publicized chimpanzee attack, the House made its first official move to ban humans from owning primates as pets.

The House overwhelmingly voted in favor of passing the Captive Primate Safety Act on Tuesday, which prohibits people from buying or transporting primates across state lines to keep as pets. This legislation amended the Lacey Act, which had only applied to wildlife and fish.

The bill moves now to the Senate, where Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, and Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana will lead the effort to pass the legislation.


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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Jake

    Lacey's Act?....this is a sad nation.

    February 24, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Lexie

    Now, what about Pitbulls?

    February 24, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Minnesotan

    No Pet Monkeys?!?! Wow, the Republicans are going to have to get rid of at least half of their elected monkeys, er, puppets, I mean, officials.

    February 24, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Does this mean I have to let my brother-in-law outta the cage?

    February 24, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Leslie, TX

    Ya think?

    What genius wrote this post.

    February 24, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Jon in Ca

    Chris in VA writes,

    "Now if they'll just ban RepubliKKKlan racists like Jon in Ca and Sam Sixpack and their party of incompetent morons this country can move forward."

    Notice the cult followers of Obama – no use for wit or humor in Obama's new government. Granted – we had 8 years of Bush depicted as a monkey ... but god forbid anyone draw the same dipiction of Obama!!

    February 24, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Nancy, OK

    I guess I'll have to send Sean Hannity back to the woods.

    February 24, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Debby

    Good, after the mauling of that poor woman they should be banned as pets.

    February 24, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Missy

    Since we're on a roll, let's focus on Pitbulls. They kill and mame six times more than chimps!

    February 24, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Missy

    Debby: That poor woman derserved it, it's hard to protect the STUPID!

    February 24, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Paula

    One "drugged" monkey and a stupid pet owner===Lacey's Act!?!??

    February 24, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Matt

    Yes monkeys can not be pets but can still be elected to Congress and write Stimulus bills. Pelosi does look like Botox meets planet of the apes.

    February 24, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Ollie

    Does this mean we have to let Sean Hannity out of his cage? MORON!

    February 24, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Look slike the GOP is going to have to move back to the zoo.

    February 24, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Martha

    Who needs terrorists when you have the GOP?

    February 24, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    @ Reality Check, who asked "Chrysler may be sold to CHINA? What the hell are the Representatives doing???????"

    Ummm...whatever to the absolutist reverence for teh "free market"? Hmmm? Wouldn't this be Chrysler's and the American public's punishment for allowing Chrysler to run itself into the ground with an insane and irresponsible business model? Won't it correct itself magically because that's what the "free market" does?

    February 24, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Toole

    I'd rather be mauled by a chimp than a herd of Republicans.....

    February 24, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    @ Jon in CA

    She'd probably have it rip your retarded posterchild Bush's face off.

    February 24, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Toole

    I'd rather be attacked by a chimp than a pack of Republicans. . .

    February 24, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida

    The White House had a monkey for 8 years. Why, oh why, can't I?

    February 24, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Jon in Ca

    Mari,

    Sweety, if you want to be taken seriously... undoing the caps-lock key. Otherwise, you sound like a chest-pounding baboon.

    February 24, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. JJ

    Just another example of government controlling our lives. There have been more maulings by pitbulls but you don't see any action to ban them as pets. The eroding away of our rights piece by piece....

    February 24, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Obama all the way

    Banning imported snakes that are pets and then they go turn them loose.
    How about banning Pit Bulls /PitBull Crosses both the drug trade dog of choice read their attack record /find a drugger that don 't have a Pitbull?

    February 24, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. worriedmom

    What will happen to all in D.C?? Maybe they should have just said "NO" to the pork stimulus!!! What a bunch of apes!

    February 24, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If you want a "Pet Monkey" go live in a zoo and stop complaining.

    February 24, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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