October 6, 2017

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.  In a survey RSPCA Cymru found 72 percent* of those polled in Wales support a ban of the keeping of all primates as pets.

Current position

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.

More information is available via our dedicated briefing.  If you would like to discuss the matter further, please contact the External Relations team via email or on 0300 123 8910.

*72 percent of those polled in Wales support a ban on the keeping of all primates as pets. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,036 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 19th–22nd August 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Welsh adults (aged 18+).