For the record, you have to be an idiot to get anywhere near an adult chimp of either sex.
Notice on TV...you will NEVER see anyone acting with an adult chimp. Adult chimps have black faces. Juveniles have pink and then pink mottled faces as they age. No one handles adult chimps. No one with a brain. As with ANY sexually mature wild animal, or even stallions and bulls, they are unpredictable and dangerous. People keeping such animals are living on borrowed time....they always end up caging the animals.
As an ex-park ranger I have alot of experience with wild animals, including dealing with exotic escapes and those intentionally released when they got too dangerous or too big. And I lived with a zookeeper for 13 yrs.
But even I see how ignorant most Americans are about this stuff...I did environmental education for years.
Aren't snakes and spiders and well anything the state has already identified as threats, still threats, regardless of what action the state has taken to remove the threat? Was owning the chimp illegal? Answer.. No it wasn't and since danger is a subjective characterization, assessed by persons not necessarily qualified to make such assessments, the state is not liable nor should it be. Buyer beware, or put more simply... Watch where you walk idiot.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
So which is it? The animal was dangerous, or it was not? Are you going to now say that the state owes the public an obligation to police common sense?
Anyone else think this was going to be another Bush thread from the title.