S. 1463 — the Captive Primate Safety Act — aims to stop the exotic pet market from transferring primates across U.S. state lines.
The bill amends the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 — an act that bans the import, export, sale, or purchase of “prohibited wildlife species” — to include “non-human primates.” If passed, S. 1463 would legally protect primates like monkeys and apes from being bought and sold.
There are a few exceptions: a person can acquire a “non-human primate” if that primate is especially trained to assist the blind. However, the person transporting the primate must be professionally trained and the person selling the primate must have a license. Organizations that are registered by a federal agency would also be exempt from the bill.
Anyone who breaks the measures outlined in the bill could face criminal and civil penalties.