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Politics & Government
6:47 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Michigan senator proposes ban on owning monkeys

A female chimpanzee
Thomas Lersch via Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation in Lansing would ban private ownership of monkeys, apes and lemurs.

Sen. Rick Jones said this week that the average person doesn't have the necessary training or equipment to properly care for nonhuman primates. The Grand Ledge Republican's bill would apply going forward and allow current owners to keep their pets.

Jones cites a 2009 incident when a Connecticut woman was mauled and disfigured by her chimpanzee.

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