The woman who survived a horrific chimpanzee attack that nearly claimed her life is on a crusade to ban exotic wild animals from homes nationwide.
“They’re too wild, they’re too dangerous,” said Charla Nash, who received a face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital two years after the 2009 attack in Stamford, Conn. “In truth, no one knows how to handle them.”
Nash recorded a video yesterday to help a fellow advocate who is pushing for stronger laws in Missouri. Massachusetts bans chimps and other wild animals as house pets, but other states have weaker laws and six have no laws regulating such pets, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
“There’s a patchwork of laws across the country enabling people who are interested in this to circumvent the spirit of the law,” said Peter Laufer, a national expert on exotic pets who wrote a book on the subject.
Connecticut banned chimps in households only after Nash’s incident.
Nash is trying to sue the state for $150 million, claiming state officials were negligent in not seizing the dangerous chimp before she was attacked. The state so far has blocked her from suing.
Many domestic and exotic pets have been known to bite, scratch and attack people causing serious injuries and diseases. For domesticated pets, many states have employed a one bite per dog rule, which puts owners on notice once a dog has bitten someone, and takes appropriate action if it is to bite again. This rule is designed to make dog owners remedy dogs who have a tendency to bite, and protect others from being bitten.
Some homeowners' insurance packages will cover dog bites and injuries, although only to a certain limit. Lack of such insurance will mean that you will need to cover the victim's medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. If you are unable to do so, the victim might bring suit against you, and this could end up costing you much more, depending on the severity of the injuries, and a number of other factors.
Categories: Dangerous vs Domesticated
The following list provides animals which have generally been listed as dangerous and depending on the state in which you live, it might be illegal to own the animal as a pet.
Generally, strict liability laws state that the owner is responsible for any damages and bills regardless of negligence. The following animals are considered domesticated in almost all states, and only in a few locales are the owners strictly liable.
Although there are training procedures most owners follow, it is hard to predict how an animal will react to a given situation. Homeowners' insurance claims have estimated over $300 million in dog bite costs, and over 4.5 million injuries a year with a good percentage of them being children.