Mo. Bill Would Put Limits on Primate Ownership

5 years 9 months 1 week ago Friday, March 09 2012 Mar 9, 2012 Friday, March 09, 2012 4:04:13 AM CST March 09, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Monkey owners in Missouri could soon have to follow several new rules to keep their exotic pets.

Part of a bill moving through the Missouri Senate would require people who own monkeys or other non-human primates to get the animals micro-chipped and obtain a state permit.

The measure also says the primates can't be mistreated or allowed to come into physical contact with a member of the public.

Monkey owners would need to have a plan for recapturing their animal if it escapes. Owners who intentionally release a monkey could face up to five years in prison with a possible $20,000 fine.

A Missouri Senate agriculture committee has endorsed the bill, and it could come up for debate later this month.

 

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