Proposal would limit pet primates

Capital News Service
LANSING – It would become illegal for most people in Michigan to own primates as pets under a revived legislative proposal. The bill stems from a monkey attack in Trenton, said the sponsor, Rep. Andrew Kandrevas, D-Southgate. “A few years back I recall a young girl getting viciously attacked by a monkey while she was playing with friends,” Kandrevas said. “Something needs to be done about this because monkeys are not pets.”

The 6-year-old girl was playing with her friend when a Java macaque monkey bit her on the finger. The monkey was later tested but did not have rabies.