April 14, 2015
A House bill amending Arkansas’ law on possessing primates, primate ownership and breeding in Arkansas by private individuals became law April 8.
In 2013, the Arkansas Legislature passed House Bill 1391, a bill that prohibited private possession of apes, baboons and macaques, as well as required the registration of all primates and prohibited public contact with those in private possession. That bill, introduced by Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, passed the House overwhelmingly and the Senate unanimously. Through HB1931, these animals were added to a list that already included animals such as lions and bears.