This is mainly a story local to the area I live in (although most living in LA have probably heard this story), but I'll present it to you and solicit your feedback.
Anyway, here's the background:
A family in the city of West Covina kept a chimpanzee (named Moe) as a pet for some 30 years. Then one day, the chimp allegedly bit off part of a womans finger.
(I have no idea how this woman or any of the other 'victims' got to Moe in the first place. He was supposedly kept in the back yard of a private house.)
After this biting incident, the city confiscated Moe and had him taken to an animal ranch in the San Fernando Valley. The city maintained that Moe is a dangerous animal (a full grown 35 year old 300 pound chimp), who has had two prior biting incidents requiring medical attention for the victims, and is not an "approved" animal for keeping within city limits.
The city refuses to relinquish Moe back to his owners.
Moes owners argue that the only reason this womans finger was bitten off was because she was teasing Moe by sticking her finger in his cage. They maintain that if the woman had not been taunting Moe, that she never would've been bitten. They also argue that Moe was a peaceful pet that they kept in the same home for over 30 years, and it is unfair for the city to take action now.
They have signs all over the front of their house demanding that Moe be returned home.
So what are your thoughts?
Is Moe an inappropriate animal that is potentially hazardous, and best belongs in a zoo, or did the city of West Covina overstep its bounds?
Should or shouldn't Moe be allowed to return home?
By the way, Moe has been incarcerated for some 3 years now.