JEFFERSON CITY — Monkey owners in Missouri could soon have to follow several new rules to keep their exotic pets.
Part of a bill moving through the Missouri Senate would require people who own monkeys or other non-human primates to get the animals microchipped and obtain a state permit.
The measure also says the primates can't be mistreated or allowed to come into physical contact with a member of the public.
Monkey owners would need to have a plan for recapturing their animal if it escapes. Owners who intentionally release a monkey could face up to five years in prison with a possible $20,000 fine.
A Missouri Senate agriculture committee has endorsed the bill, and it could come up for debate later this month.