Charla Nash speaks to Congress about chimp attack

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Charla Nash met with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advocate the Captive Primate Safety Act on Thursday.

After being mauled by her boss' pet chimpanzee in early 2009, Nash lost her hands, lips, nose and eyelids. Two years later, she had eyes surgically removed and her face transplanted.

Since her attack, Nash been in support of the Captive Primate Safety act. She told the Associated Press that chimpanzees "are not the type of animal anyone should keep as a pet." Nash said she hopes the legislation will prevent this type of attack for happening again.

According to the Associated Press, The Captive Primitive Safety Act would prevent the interstate trade of dangerous animals like chimpanzees. This would add to the Lacey act which currently puts restrictions on felines.

Humane Society of the United States President Wayne Pacelle, Born Free USA Program Associate Kate Dylwesky, Representative Michael Fitzpatrick and Representative Earl Blumenauer all joined Nash at the press in support of new legislation.


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