Eight days after a chimpanzee kept as a pet attacked and critically injured a Connecticut woman, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Captive Primate Safety Act, H.R. 80, introduced by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., to stop interstate commerce in primates as pets. The bill passed by a vote of 323 to 95. The bill now moves for consideration to the U.S. Senate, where the effort to pass the legislation is being led by U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and David Vitter, R-La. – as quoted from the Politico.com website in an article by Ben Smith on 2/24/2009
I just want to say, "Are you FREAKIN kidding me?" The Federal government of the United States has nothing better to do? We are apparently in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and they are worried about what one chimp has done? How many dogs mauled people on the same day? Why are we not passing the Captive Canine Safety act?
2% of the population will be attacked by dogs this year, while only about 1/300,000,000 people will be attacked by chimps. Now, you tell me where the threat is.
Maybe we should stimulate some research on the subject. Here is a check for $100,000,000 signed Obama.