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End the keeping of primates as pets

Thousands of primates are being confined in UK homes. Socially isolated and with inadequate stimulation, non-human primates such as marmosets, capuchins and squirrel monkeys are being kept as pets, destined for a long life of suffering in an unnatural environment.

A house will never be her home

Thousands of primates are being confined in UK homes. Marmosets, capuchins and squirrel monkeys are among some of primates being kept as pets, destined for unnecessary suffering in an unnatural environment.


We believe the welfare needs of primates can never be met in a house, shed or garden cage and that these complex animals are unsuitable companion animals.


15 European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species. We now call on the government in England to follow and introduce a complete ban on the keeping and trade of primates as pets.