Primates as pets: EARS partners submit evidence to UK parliamentary inquiry

Grips satsuma LMEarlier this month EARS, along with Partners Wild Futures and AAP Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals, submitted evidence to the UK Commons Select Committee for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) following the launch of an inquiry into the keeping of primates as pets in the UK. The EFRA committee requested evidence on the following:


  • The extent of the trade and keeping of primates as pets within the UK;
  • Whether the existing regulatory framework and Code of Practice offer adequate protection for the welfare of primates kept as pets and are being applied effectively;
  • Whether people should be allowed to keep primates as pets and, if not, how a ban might be implemented.

EARS, Wild Futures and AAP all provided evidence supporting a decision to ban the keeping of primates as pets along with a number of other organisations including the RSPCA, Humane Society International, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and Eurogroup for Animals. Wild Futures estimate there to be between 3000 and 9000 primates kept as pets in the UK. Regulations protecting these animals either do not cover all the pet primate species or are poorly enforced – leaving thousands of primates in substandard conditions. Witnesses, including EARS Partner Wild Futures, have been called to give evidence to the EFRA committee on February 5th.

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