Aside from state laws, many municipalities, cities, and/or counties
across the United States prohibit private possession of nonhuman
primates. New laws and regulations prohibiting monkeys and apes
from being kept as pets are being passed at unprecedented
Hawaii, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and Washington
are currently in the process of passing legislation to ban the private
possession of monkeys/apes.
SUMMARY OF U.S. STATE LAWS REGARDING PRIVATE POSSESSION OF NONHUMAN
* 17 states have no state requirements for private possession
of nonhuman primates.
* 19 states ban private sector possession of nonhuman primates.
* 6 states require a permit for private possession of nonhuman primates.
* 5 states have partial bans [banning certain species].
* 2 states have partial bans [certain species]; permits required
for other species.
* 1 state requires being bonded for private possession of nonhuman
STATES WITH NO REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE POSSESSION OF NONHUMAN
PRIMATES: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri,
Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South
Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
STATES WHICH REQUIRE A PERMIT: Delaware, Idaho, Michigan,
Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota
STATES WHICH BAN PRIVATE POSSESSION OF NONHUMAN PRIMATES: California,
Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,
New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming
STATES WHICH HAVE PARTIAL BANS [BANS ON CERTAIN NONHUMAN PRIMATES]:
Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
STATES WHICH BANS CERTAIN NONHUMAN PRIMATE SPECIES AND REQUIRE
PERMITS FOR OTHERS: Florida, Texas
STATE WHICH REQUIRES GETTING BONDED TO POSSESS NONHUMAN PRIMATES: