Petition: Tell the UK Government to ban the keeping and trade of primates as pets
Thousands of primates are being confined in UK homes. Marmosets, capuchins and squirrel monkeys are among some of primates being kept as pets, destined for unnecessary suffering in an unnatural environment. Many of these animals have been found to be socially isolated and kept in cramped and barren conditions.
Primates are intelligent, social and long-lived animals. There are no circumstances where a primate would benefit from being kept as a pet. We believe the welfare needs of primates can never be met in a house, shed or garden cage and that these complex animals are unsuitable companion animals. 15 European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species.
We now call on the governments in the UK to follow and introduce a complete ban on the keeping and trade of primates as pets.