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Primates as pets 

Estimates says that there are 5000 primates being kept as pets across the UK. Despite them being intelligent, social, long-lived animals, many are kept alone in small bird cages in their owners’ living room, often suffering with physiological and psychological issues due to poor living conditions. We have been calling on the Government to ban primates as pets for over five years. 

The Government’s plans

Through the new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, the Government have committed to ban the sale and trade of primates in the UK, and introduce legislation to protect those monkeys currently being kept as pets. Keepers that are able to provide welfare standards akin to those of licensed zoos will be able to keep their primates under a licensing regime, subject to conditions and inspections. Ownership of primates will be phased out for keepers unable to meet these standards. 

The details of this legislation are outlined in the new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.  

What are our concerns?

The Government’s proposals to restrict primate ownership to licensed persons who can meet zoo standards is a step forward, but one that does not go far enough. We want to see a total ban on primate ownership with a grandfather clause for existing animals, as opposed to a licensing scheme for private keepers. This licensing scheme could allow breeding and selling to continue, and we are concerned about local authorities’ ability to enforce this. Therefore, we also want to see the implementation of a centralised enforcement body.

How you can help 

We will be keeping a close eye on this bill as it passes through Parliament and call on the Government to strengthen the conditions that it lays out, hopefully resulting in a total ban. 

In the meantime, you can contact your local MP to call on them to raise our concerns about the weakness of this new law and how we can strengthen it to benefit the lives of thousands of  vulnerable animals. You can find out your MP here at Write to Them.

How you can help

We will be keeping a close eye on this bill as it passes through Parliament and call on the Government to strengthen the conditions that it lays out, hopefully resulting in a total ban. 

In the meantime, you can contact your local MP to call on them to raise our concerns about the weakness of this new law and how we can strengthen it to benefit the lives of thousands of  vulnerable animals. You can find out your MP here at Write to Them.

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