The body of a primate, thought to be a black-tufted marmoset, was found dead on a north London street last Friday night by a member of the public. The animal had suffered severe injuries and was missing part of its face.
“While details are lacking, this shocking incident is likely to be a result of the primate pet trade in the UK, which remains rife and unregulated” said Dr Chris Draper, Head of Welfare & Captivity at Born Free.
For many years, Born Free has been calling for a ban on the keeping of primates as pets, and we will continue to push for this in 2019.
You can support our campaign by sending a letter to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), voicing your concerns and calling for a ban:
Rt Hon Michael Gove
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF