Humane Society responds after chimpanzee escape

Humane Society responds after chimpanzee escape

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Jul 13, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Humane Society has issued a statement following the escape of two chimpanzees that left one dead.

“This incident tragically illustrates the urgent need for the Nevada state legislature to prohibit the private possession of dangerous wild animals including chimpanzees and other primates," the Humane Society said in a statement emailed on Friday.

"These animals are highly social with complex needs, and they pose a safety risk to local communities. Until the Nevada legislature and Congress take action, these unfortunate situations will continue to occur.”

The Humane Society says several past incidents have highlighted the danger of keeping captive primates, from attacks to disease including tuberculosis.

Animal activists are calling for U.S. Congress to pass the Captive Primate Safety Act, which would outlow interstate commerce of primates.