Federal legislation banning the domestic ownership of monkeys is an "urgently needed," two lawmakers, joined by the Humane Society, insisted Tuesday.

Following the highly-publicized mauling of a Connecticut woman by her pet chimpanzee, Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerFearing crackdown, marijuana advocates turn to Congress House Democrat introduces bill to amend presidential removal procedures Marijuana legalization grows closer with Senate tax proposal MORE (D-Ore.) and Mark KirkMark KirkThe way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump ObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Ill.) called on Congress to pass the Captive Primate Safety Act, which would prohibit interstate commerce in primates for use as pets, and make it a crime for individuals to transport primates across state lines.