Oregon deputy fatally shoots chimpanzee after it bites owner’s daughter

Posted in 24/06/2021

Chimpanzee Buck had been kept for 17 years as a pet by a family in the United States and on Sunday, 20, the inevitable happened: he ran away, attacked his owners and was killed by the police.

This announced tragedy is unfortunately recurrent in situations where chimpanzees are insisted on be kept as pets. The family had already been warned of the need to transfer Buck to a sanctuary, but this was never done.

“Attacks from any privately owned primate in captivity should be expected because these animals do not live healthy lives where they can express their natural desires and engage in natural behaviors,” said Erika Fleury, program director for the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.

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