For many years we have been campaigning for Welfare 4 Wildlife; a change in the law to protect over 80 species of monkey which can be kept legally as pets in the UK under current legislation. You can see more details of our petition by clicking here In 2017, the government dismissed our 114,000 strong petition during a parliament adjournment debate, & insisted that current laws are protecting primates. Clearly, this isn’t true, so we have upped our onslaught on the pet trade, and asked you to help us STAMP it out- Stop Trade & Abuse of Monkeys as Pets.
On October 25th 2019, Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) announced a call for evidence on the welfare of primates kept as pets in England. This is an amazing step forward, and we are hopeful it will lead toward a ban on the sale of primates as pets in England.
To help, we need you to provide any evidence about the pet trade in England. It is vital that we have our voices heard in opposition of the breeders and dealers who will be in favour of continuing the trade. The full call for evidence can be found here, but these are the salient points which you could help with:
- If you are aware of a pet primate, send in this information so an estimate of the number of pet primates in the trade can be reached.
- Send screenshots or details of posts in classified adverts, on the internet, selling sites, or social media which are selling or re-homing primates as pets. Please ensure the price and location is visible.
- If you’re aware of a shop selling primates as pets, please submit the business details and locations to the call for evidence.
- If you have photos, or other evidence of conditions pet monkeys are kept in, please submit this also. This could be monkeys kept inside, alone, in dirty conditions, with lack of sunlight, in cramped conditions- please submit all and any evidence to this effect.
- Do you work for a vet practice, or know of a vet? Please submit any knowledge you have of primates needing medical attention, and whether the practice had a specialist wildlife vet appropriate to their needs.
- Any other information or opinions you have on the pet trade in primates.
Please email this information, with any supporting documentation and references to AnimalWelfare.Consultations@defra.gov.uk by 17th January 2020- the sooner the better!
Hear Alison’s response to the debate
RECAP- the problem!
85 species of monkey can be kept legally in the UK as pets without needing a license or register. We think the unregulated trade needs to STOP and the government need to act to protect pet monkeys. The government dismissed our petition calling for a change in the law in 2017. We are asking for the trade to be regulated so that monkeys do not keep falling into the hands of well-meaning but ill-informed buyers. These monkeys often end up back for sale within a few months, at young ages, with a range of social, physical and psychological problems. To date, Monkey World has spent almost a quarter of a million pounds mopping up the mess from the unregulated trade. THIS HAS TO STOP.
What we did
We have been asking our supporters to write to their local MPs and appropriate ministers raising concerns over the plight of the monkeys behind the net curtains. We have also campaigned online selling sites to change their policy, and not allow primates for sale on their sites.
You can find both letters here
Thank you for sending the responses from the government- but many of these letters contained incorrect information!
After numerous emails to Freeads.co.uk from our supporters, they have now banned all sales of primates online, and have offered their support to our campaign. Your voice will make a difference, so please continue to help us by writing to other sites selling primates!
For more information & our #STAMPitout kit, please email email@example.com where you will be provided with all the information, graphics and videos needed to put forward your argument and spread the word.
Please keep sharing our posts on social media with the #STAMPitout. We will be posting the logo & stories of our pet trade victims regularly on social media, and need you to share them far and wide. If you have any celebrity friends, with large online followings, see if you can get them to tweet/ share it too.
Print off the logo and create a video asking the UK government to help us STAMP out the UK pet trade in primates. We’ll be posting videos from around the park too, so if you don’t fancy getting in front of the camera, share one of ours.