Stop the U.K. PRIMATE TRADE

Stop the U.K. PRIMATE TRADE

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Phillip Dickinson started this petition to UK Parliament

Information gained from a NEWSLETTER from one of the PRIMATE charity's Wild Futures dealing with the fall out of the UK PET LAW.

Monkeys should not be kept as PETS.

Grips and Peppy suffered and died needlessly – The UK primate pet trade needs to end.
  
Grips and Peppy were capuchin monkeys and two of the thousands of primates kept as pets in the UK. They both suffered and died because the pet primate trade is legal in the UK.

Grips suffered with diabetes and died aged 22. In the wild often live into their 40's. It was obvious when Grips was first rescued, that he was not going to live into old age. The experienced and skilled care staff overcame the odds and did everything they could  for nine years they enabled Grips to enjoy a busy life with his adopted family and friends at The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary. A couple of weeks ago, this expressive and endearing character succumbed to the chronic effect of his high blood sugar levels. Diabetes is not found in wild monkeys. The only reason that Grips became ill is that during his first 12 years living as a pet in the UK, he had been fed a junk food diet including plenty of sweets, chocolates and biscuits.

Peppy died of cancer, his body finally overcome by malignant tumours caused by the tobacco he was given by his owners when he was the family pet. When Peppy was first rescued he had ulcers in his throat and stomach. These subsided with veterinary treatment and for many years he was an active, intelligent leader of his monkey group. All victims of the cruel primate pet trade his new family taught each other how to be monkeys again. They gave each other confidence and the caregivers watched with delight as they gradually lost their fearful and abnormal behaviours.  But time caught up with Peppy and he too died too early when the cancer spread aggressively around his body

 

 

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