Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Parliament discusses Primate Pet Ban

7 February 2014

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


On 5 February, oral evidence was submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) on the keeping of primates as pets. Our campaign partners RSPCA and Wild Futures outlined the compelling case in support of a ban on this cruel practice. Born Free has recently submitted written evidence to the Committee, available here.

The Committee members and those giving evidence appeared to generally acknowledge the need for action on this issue. Nonetheless, the Government Minister responsible, Lord de Mauley, appeared to take a different view, stating that he is "not convinced a complete ban would be proportionate", while proposing that a review of the current - broad and non-binding - Code of Practice would be sufficient.

The only way to guarantee the welfare of primates is to implement a ban on the trade and keeping of all these animals as pets. Such a ban would not affect the work of genuine animal sanctuaries, nor even zoos. Primates, like  other wild animals, require a level of specialised care that private keepers are ill-suited to provide. Their physical and emotional welfare is severely compromised when primates are kept as pets. Highly intelligent and sensitive primates belong in the wild, not people’s bedrooms or back gardens.

If, like us, you believe that primates have no place as pets in the UK, we hope you will contact Lord de Mauley to outline your concerns by writing to:

Lord de Mauley

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Or by email:

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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