Chris Brown is at it again in the media eye, this time for keeping an illegal Monkey at his home authorities say.Followers on Chris Brown's Instagram account got the attention of California's wildlife department which later seized the primate who is named named Fiji. The monkey was posted online with his daughter cuddling it which caused controversy on his profile. The Legislature finds and declares that wild animals are being captured for importation and resale in California; that some populations of wild animals are being depleted; that many animals die in captivity or transit; that some keepers of wild animals lack sufficient knowledge or facilities for the proper care of wild animals; that some wild animals are a threat to the native wildlife or agricultural interests of this state; and that some wild animals are a threat to public health and safety.
It is the intention of the Legislature that the importation, transportation, and possession of wild animals shall be regulated to protect the health and welfare of wild animals captured, imported, transported, or possessed, to reduce the depletion of wildlife populations, to protect the native wildlife and agricultural interest of this state against damage from the existence at large of certain wild animals, and to protect the public health and safety in the state of California. Eighteen states have very strong laws against owning exotic animals. These are: Alaska, California, Colorado,Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washing and Wyoming. The states which have a partial ban against owning exotic animals are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Virginia. While thirteen states require that you get a permit from the state before owning an exotic animal, nine states have no licensing or permit requirements whatsoever. If your desire is to own an exotic animal, whether a pet chimpanzee or a wolf, you need to follow certain steps to take care of them, if not you can face years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.