Time to ban monkeys from UK pet trade05/03/2013 16:01:52 Why is it still legal to import monkeys as pets in the UK?
March 2013. Wild Futures, the leading primate charity that runs The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall, the only GFAS-accredited primate sanctuary in Europe, was very grateful last week when Michaela Strachan took some time out during her present tour (The Really Wild Adventures) to find out about the charity's current campaign to end the primate pet trade.
5000 primates privately owned in the UK!
Brooke Aldrich, Campaigns Manager of Wild Futures states: "We have been gathering evidence for quite some time now. It is clear that current UK legislation is failing these socially complex and highly intelligent animals. The situation is tragic, especially in light of the UK's reputation as a nation of animal lovers. We are sure that the best and only option is to ban the primate pet trade in the UK."
Upon learning about the situation, Michaela stated: "I am shocked at how big the monkey pet trade is in the UK. 5,000 monkeys kept as pets! I had no idea there were that many. Monkeys are not domesticated like dogs and cats; they simply don't make good pets. People in this country should know better. When I was a child I adored monkeys and the idea of having one as a pet was a constant fantasy. But it's as ridiculous as having a pet lion or a pet elephant. As an adult it's just wrong to indulge that childhood fantasy, however much we think we love that animal. As the saying goes, if you love something set it free, well if you love monkeys let them stay free, where they belong, in the wild."'
The Monkey Sanctuary opened its doors to visitors on Saturday 2nd March for 2013.