To the UK government: I support a ban on the private keeping of non-human primates in the UK and on the trade to supply private keeping. Primates belong in the wild, not in our homes.
UK residents only, please
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The keeping of, and trade in, primates as pets can result in major welfare problems, endanger the public and in some cases, threaten a species’ conservation status. In the UK, it is entirely legal to keep a wide range of animals, even though many owners cannot provide adequately for their care.
June 10, 2014
A report published by the UK Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said a future ban on keeping primates as pets in UK homes may be considered if welfare improvements cannot be achieved through the current system.
January 30, 2014
The European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted a report supporting improving animal welfare provisions in the proposed EU regulation on invasive alien species.
January 17, 2014
Humane Society International/UK urged the UK parliament to ban the keeping of primates as pets. Most recent estimates suggest that upwards of 9,000 primates may be held as pets in the UK, but the true figure could be far higher as records are incomplete.