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Petition for monkey care standards to be handed to Downing Street


The director of Dorset's Monkey World is to present a petition to Downing Street later calling for all monkeys, kept as pets, to be guaranteed a standard of care. 
It's been signed by more than 100,000 people. The standards already exist in British zoos and wildlife parks.
Joining Dr Alison Cronin to hand in the petition will be musician and activist Peter Gabriel and South Dorset MP, Richard Drax.
Since 1987 Monkey World has rescued 100 primates from the British pet trade, 50 of the monkeys arriving in the last 5 years. 
Monkey World says well-meaning members of the British public are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous breeders and dealers of pet trade monkeys.

"We are doing as much as we can to rescue as many British pet trade monkeys as possible but even after building two different facilities to home more than 50 "pet" monkeys, including marmosets, tamarins, capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, a saki monkey, and a lemur, we are full and now have a waiting list of monkeys that need our specialist care.
And while the situation the monkeys are in is terrible, there is also a very tragic human side to this story as many well meaning, but ignorant, people are buying these wild animals, at vast expense, from unscrupulous breeders, animal dealers, and pet shops that are taking advantage and telling people it is ok to keep a monkey in solitary confinement, in a bird cage, in their sitting room. It is tragic and out of control.
Last updated Wed 20 Apr 2016


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