Clive Efford MP has joined the RSPCA, the BVA, and a range of other welfare organisations, in calling for a ban on the sale of primates as domestic pets. Fifteen European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species.
An estimated 5,000 primates are currently believed to be confined in wholly unsuitable conditions in UK homes. These highly intelligent mammals have been shown to disproportionally suffer in domestic environments, causing unnecessary suffering for both the animals involved and owners.
Public support also remains high for a total ban, with a recent YouGov survey finding that 75 per cent of the public would favour such a policy.
Speaking after attending a reception hosted by RSPCA to highlight the issue, Clive said:
“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations in bringing an end to the sale of primates as pets. I encourage all constituents to think again if they are considering purchasing such an animal as a pet, and I call on the Government to introduce legislation for a complete ban on the trade of primates.”
Clive will continue to work closely with the RSPCA to campaign for legislation to protect primates.
To add your name to the petition or to find out more about the campaign, visit www.protectprimates.org