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Senate Committee Advances Primate Pet Bill

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Charla Nash (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Charla Nash (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Federal legislation supported by a Connecticut woman blinded and disfigured by a chimpanzee attack, making it harder to keep primates as pets, has cleared a U.S. Senate committee.

Charla Nash, who lost her nose, lips, eyelids and hands after being mauled by her employer’s 200-pound pet chimpanzee in 2009, recently traveled to Washington to press

Congress to support the Captive Primate Safety Act. She said chimpanzees are “not the type of animal that anyone should keep as a pet.”

The bill, which would prohibit chimps, monkeys and other primates from being transported across state lines for the exotic pet trade, cleared the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday. It awaits further congressional action.

Shelly Sindland, Nash’s spokeswoman, cheered the vote on Twitter, saying “Charla’s Nash’s voice is heard.”

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