Bill would extend domestic violence protections to pets

Capital News Service
LANSING — Americans take pride in treating their pets like members of the family, animal advocate Beatrice Friedlander says. Usually this means lounging on the couch with the cat or slipping the dog scraps of food from the dinner table. But in dysfunctional or violent families, Friedlander said, animals that are treated like members of the family can become victims too. Between 71 and 83 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partners also abused or killed the family pet, according to the Humane Society of the U.S.
To increase protections for pets in abusive homes, Rep. Robert Kosowski, D-Westland, introduced an amendment to the state’s domestic violence law. The bill would classify harm or attempted harm to a household animal as domestic violence, and it would use state funding for further animal protections.

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.