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House passes chimp bill

From NBC's Mike Viqueira

Your U.S. House has passed a measure that would make it more difficult to keep an ape as a pet.

A week after a woman lay in critical condition after being mauled by a pet chimpanzee, the Captive Primate Safety Act passed bya 323-95 voted, with 93 Republicans in opposition.

The act would apply to the sale and transport of monkeys, great apes, lemurs, etc. The measure "makes it unlawful for a person to sell or purchase a live animal of any prohibited wildlife species in interstate or foreign commerce," according to a Library of Congress summary.

Animals that assist disabled individuals would be excempt from the ban.

Senate action is unclear at this point. The House sponsor is Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).