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Dorset's Monkey world urging more people to sign petition against UK primate pet trade

Wednesday 5th December 2012

MONKEY World is urging more people to sign a petition against the UK primate pet trade after a man was found guilty of neglect of two marmosets last week.

Marmosets Tya and Rattler were rescued from their home in Plymouth and have been adopted by the ape rescue centre near Wareham.

The RSPCA called the park to check on the welfare of the monkeys, which were being kept as pets in Plymouth.

Dr Alison Cronin MBE, director of Monkey World, went to the house to find Tya, a six-month-old female, and Rattler, a one-year-old male, living in filthy and dangerous conditions.

For many years Monkey World has been rescuing primates which are being kept as pets in poor conditions.

This year alone, the centre has rescued 10 marmosets from private homes and a UK pet shop.

Dr Cronin said: “More and more we find ourselves being called to rescue and rehabilitate monkeys being kept as pets legally in Britain today.

“Sadly, most of these primates are kept by unqualified people who do not know what the needs of their monkeys are.”

She added: “We are saddened that the law allows this trade to continue in Britain today.”

To sign the petition visit monkey world.org or call 01929 462537.

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