Primates as Pets
October 21, 2016
The case for a ban on monkeys and other primates being kept as pets
We believe primate ownership in a domestic setting is cruel and dangerous, and are calling for the Welsh Government to outlaw the practice. We have launched a public campaign to push for this change.
Keeping a primate in a domestic setting is entirely legal in Wales.
We believe the keeping of these intelligent, sociable and complex animals in a household environment is incompatible with the primates wild nature and that their needs cannot be adequately met in a domestic setting, leading to the primate suffering and their welfare compromised.
Monkeys and other primates are being readily sold as pets online – which may just be the tip of the iceberg. RSPCA Cymru is concerned that there is an unknown population of primates, hidden victims, which are suffering behind closed doors.