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Monkey business in Parliament

10 January 2014

Categories: Homepage News, Primates Campaign News, Zoo Check Campaign News

© M Dooley

In a potentially exciting move, it has been announced the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee has launched an enquiry into the keeping of primates as pets in the UK.  There are likely to be thousands of such pets, with species ranging from marmoset and tamarin monkeys to macaques and baboons, but exact numbers are unknown.

The inquiry will examine the extent of the trade and keeping of primates as pets; whether the existing Code of Practice offers adequate protection for the welfare of these primates; and whether people should be allowed to keep such pets.  Born Free is pleased to see the Committee will consider whether there should be a ban on the keeping on primates as pets, as we are convinced a ‘Code of Practice’ would never sufficiently protect the welfare of such highly varied, complex and intelligent animals.  We intend to submit evidence to the enquiry in line with our long-held conviction that primates are wholly unsuitable to be kept as pets and we will update you on the Committee’s findings when they are published.

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