To my friends and anyone else who cares that the AR (Animal Rights)people are pushing their way through congress and they will keep pushing until we no longer have the right to own the animals we choose to love and care for....
I need your help to PUSH BACK
On Tuesday, that's THIS coming up Tuesday, June 17th, there is a bill
(HR2964 the Captive Primate Safety Act) that goes to the floor for a vote.
This is a federal bill that will prevent all monkey owners from legally ever
crossing state lines with their primates again. We won't be able to visit
family or friends outside of our state. We won't be able to take up
employment, vacation, or even retire out of state. Not unless we leave our
primates in the state we currently live in. If this bill passes on Tuesday,
we will be prisoners of our own state in a free country!
We need calls and e-mails to oppose this bill, from every state and county in the union. I hope you'll do this for the sake of all privately owned primates.
If you are still reading, thank you! Here's what we need you to do. Go
and type in your zip code in the little yellow box to
the upper right, & click GO.
Under "Write Your Elected Officials" You will see: "Write to your Federal or
State elected officials with one click, ..."
Choose Federal, and then uncheck all the boxes except the box for your
Representative. (uncheck the president and senators; only send this to your Representative.)
Select Agriculture from the drop down box.
In the subject line put: OPPOSE HR2964, the Captive Primate Safety Act.
Write your brief letter in the space given for that. Fill in your name,
address info in the boxes below to body of your message, NOT inside the body of the email in case you choose to allow your letter be posted to the site, and then send it on. This must be sent to YOUR own representative so be sure you used your own zip code, otherwise receipt could be delayed until.... it's too late.
You may copy and paste in the letter below or exchange some of the words to make it your own, but please get it done TODAY. Feel free to pass this e-mail along to others you feel might follow thru. If you follow thru with this, I'd like to know who you are so all of my monkeys and I can thank you!!
Copy and paste this message below in the box for the body of your email...
I am a constituent from your district. The House is expected to vote on HR 2964, the Captive Primate Safety Act, on Tuesday, June 17. This bill would severely hamper the ability of thousands of law-abiding pet owners around the nation to properly care for their pets. Please vote "NO" on HR 2964.
Primates are not native to the United States, and therefore this bill serves no conservation purpose, as per the testimony of Benito A. Perez, Chief US Fish & Wild Life Officer, in opposition to this bill. This bill classifies ALL primates in the same category whether it is a tiny marmoset or a gorilla. The import of primates into the US from other countries is federally regulated, and importing for the pet sector has been illegal since 1975. All primate pets are born in the US in captivity.
If the Captive Primate Safety Act passes it would create hardships for current owners by:
*Preventing people who own and live with primates from being able to visit
family or friends outside of their state.
*Unless they abandon their primates, they won't be able to take up employment, vacation, or even retire out of state. If this bill passes on these people will be prisoners of their own state in a free country!
*Paraplegics, quadriplegics, and others with capuchin monkey service animals would also be prisoners of their state.
Congressman Brown stated that the bill would cost $5 million to get started and $4 million per year to enforce and he said that was "too much money to spend when the chance of getting bitten by a non-human primate is 1 in 38 million."
Claims, such as disease and public threat, made by organizations and special interest groups who support this bill and want to remove ALL animals from private settings, are unwarranted. Claims of disease need to be backed up by scientific data, or statistics and they are not. Per the records of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no documented case of disease transmission from a pet primate to its owner, or to the public in the United States.
There is no record of death caused by a primate attack in US history. The number of documented nonhuman primate bites, about 135 over a TEN YEAR period speaks for the minimal threat of harm from a non-human primate as opposed to the annual 300,000 plus bites, and 4+ deaths resulting from DOGS. Yet, there are no federal bills being introduced to stop the interstate travel of dogs.
Primates are not predators, and escapes are not prevalent. The initial cost to purchase a pet primate (several thousand dollars) is enough to keep a responsible owner ever cautious.
Please do not allow your decisions to be based on the false claims of the organizations who would wish to put all animal ownership to an end!
I support responsible primate ownership and ask that you VOTE NO ON HR 2964- The Captive Primate Safety Act.