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Chimp attack victim Charla Nash pushing primate pet ban

Chimp Attack Victim Pushing Primate Pet Ban


Charla Nash, the woman who famously survived a terrible chimpanzee attack in 2009, is in Washington to push Congress for change.

Charla Nash lost her eyes, nose and lips when her friend's pet chimpanzee attacked her. Now, she's hoping Congress will support the Captive Primates Safety Act.

Warning: Though Charla has come a long way, some of these photos are graphic


That bill would add "nonhuman primates as prohibited wildlife species" to own as pets, in addition to lions and tigers - which are already prohibited.

Nash has been battling in courtrooms for compensation from the state of Connecticut where the attack happened. She blamed the state for not seizing the chimp. Before the attack, a biologist for the state had learned about the 200-pound chimp and, in a memo to state officials, called him "an accident waiting to happen."

"Based on the information, I feel that the state knew what was happening and failed to protect me," WTNH reports.

As for Charla, it's been a while since she spoke out in the media. Back in 2011, she opened up to NBC about her difficult recovery, saying: "I'm doing good but I've had a lot of setbacks."

By working to get primates banned as pets, Nash says she hopes to keep the same kind of attack from happening to someone else.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is one of the sponsors of the bill in the Senate. He's predicting an easy victory for the legislation.

About half of states already ban primate pets, but critics argue there are plenty of loopholes to get around them.

The Humane Society, which is supporting Nash's push for the Captive Primates Act, notes people can still get primates as pets online or through dealers and auctions.

Chimps can live for about 60 years and get well over 200 pounds. PBS once reported estimates that there were more than 700 living in the United States as pets.

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R July 11 2014 at 5:32 AM

I think of her often. There aren't words that could express what a horrific attack she went through. She's been through too much. Too much My thoughts and prayers are always with her and for her. Her courage is beyond belief.

There is absolutely no reason for anyone to have these types of animals. No reason. They should be banned nationwide.

This doesn't need debate - just sign off on this and make it law.

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nancyl49915 July 11 2014 at 8:34 AM

While I agree that no one - including zoos and circuses should be allowed to keep wild animals and while I feel incredibly sorry for this poor woman; she voluntarily placed herself in the situation. She is a reasonably intelligent adult who should just from pure common sense have known that she should not have been participating in this with her friend. I disagree with her premise the the "state failed to protect her". As citizens we all have a duty to protect ourselves first and not go screaming to the government whenever we are harmed. If the State was negligent in enforcing laws on the books, then that's another story.

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Steve-a-rino July 11 2014 at 9:00 AM

THIS is what's wrong with America. Something happens ONE TIME to ONE PERSON and we want a bushel of new laws to further restrict other law-abiding people who haven't done anything wrong. It was a rare and tragic event. Leave it at that.

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cbrimb July 11 2014 at 10:02 AM

While I feel great sympathy for this poor woman, and cannot even begin to imagine what she has been going through, the attack was her own fault. She is trying to get compensation now from the state of CT bevause they were made aware that the possibility of this chimp attacking someone, and she tried to sue her friend, the owner of the chimp, however, the woman ALSO knew the chimp was dangerous before she put herself in harm's way, and still chose to do so. Even though the attack was horrific, she was aware of the danger, so most of the fault falls upon her own head.

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roseyoungstewart cbrimb July 11 2014 at 1:08 PM

madam all of the things you mentiuoned have already been decided upon in a court of law back when it all occured it wasnt her fault according to the attorneys why is it you do not know that? the way you talknow is as if you havent been keeping up with the events up to the current time. she did sue her fiedn long after the friend died the fi
iend owned a gasoline station repair of vehicles and a towing company. but gharla want the state to realize chimps do not belong in homes with families. soon there will be alwa dsayi g besides lions tigers other exotics chimps too will not be allowed The sate certainly owes her big time ofr never investigation this ape inside the house se\leeping under the covers with the now dead owner and showeri ng wuith her eating at a table with her. be very careful of the lies you accuse people of Like i said Charla has already been through the court system 6 years ago.

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doketx cbrimb July 11 2014 at 1:46 PM

I hate to agree with you, but if I were in the same situation and I knew the chimp was dangerous and unpredictable, I wouldn't have gone anywhere near it. It might not be her fault entirely, but she was certainly culpably negligent.

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J's Damsel July 11 2014 at 12:39 PM

She's suing the state of Connecticut for failing to protect her? Did she not know the animal was a danger, but decided to go in anyway to assist in capturing it?

That is what is called a personal choice. How is the state responsible for her personal choice? If she had been walking down the street and it attacked, then I could see a lawsuit as the owner would be responsible, but she went willingly KNOWING it was loose and dangerous. Nobody is responsible for that except her.

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s5cat2dog J's Damsel July 11 2014 at 5:38 PM

I believe that had she not been allowed to be with the chimp she would have filed for abuse of her rights to enjoy the animal.

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chefjohnp July 11 2014 at 7:28 AM

More so, it is time to stop the stupidity of the worst animal on the planet, humans. How sad this is, but as everyone realizes now, this isn't a parakeet, it was a 200 lb. animal that stops at nothing. Prayers for her.

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poll100 July 11 2014 at 10:10 AM

Sioegfried and Roy is a classic example, animals don't belong anywhere except wwhere they roam free.

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Linda July 11 2014 at 6:24 AM

Poor woman. It breaks my heart to see her and how she has suffered so much since that horrible chimp attack. I have to agree with her and I go beyond what she is fighting for in saying that NO wild and or exotic animal should be kept as a "pet" as they are WILD in nature. It is bred into them and no taming will tame them, ever. POOR Charla. I do not think any of us would want to be in her shoes. I wish her well.

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Joey July 11 2014 at 3:18 PM

She should not be awarded any amount of money, and I agree with lots of others on here, she caused her own issue, sad and horrific as it be, what normal minded person would even get close to a wild animal and even engage with someone who owned a primate who kept it in their backyard? It's common sense - How the state has to pay for her foolishness - nuts

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Carol July 11 2014 at 11:00 AM

I remember when this was in the news. I think that chimp and it's freaky owner had a "special" (gag) relationship, which prompted the jealous attack. As horrific as it was/is, I'm not sure that we need laws against owning them, because of an isolated incident.

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heofunum Carol July 11 2014 at 5:16 PM

Carol: what kind of an idiot are you? Chimps are WILD ANIMALS and strong and unpredictable, They are NOT (now or ever) domesticated animals. You have no business owning an animal you could never control. Geezis, dog owners get grief if their dog bites the mailman--and that is generally not lethal. So, you think it is okay if you neighbor decides to keep lions and tigers? And when you are in your garden one day and one escapes, that is fine with you? You really need to learn-ANTHING

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