The verbiage in the bill bans ownership OR POSSESSION of non-human primates as pets in Michigan. Since circuses are not in the exempted group and since this bill is supported and promulgated by HSUS, I am presuming the principal reason for this bill is as a back-door attmpt to ban circus acts and cause financial harm to circus companies since they would basically not even be permitted to bring certain animals into Michigan.
We need to look at the positive economic impact on Michigan when circuses come to communities. These events provide employment, tax revenue, and peripheral economic benefit to restaurants, hotels, and shops in the vicinity of the circus venues.
Additionally, what was the exact legislative discussion as to the scope of this bill? Non-human primates is all-encompassing but the parenthetical above states (Ban pet monkeys or apes). What about lemurs and tarsiers? Those are primates, as well.
Further, what about the Michigan residents who already own such animals as pets? There is no provision in the bill for them to retain their animals upon passage. Are they to immediately euthanize their pets?