Monkey World Director Gives Evidence To Select Committee
4:07pm 5th February 2014
The woman behind Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is appearing before a House of Commons Select Committee this afternoon.
Doctor Alison Cronin will give her views on the need for legislation to protect the care of wild animals in the pet trade.
The centre's rescued 26 monkey's over the last two years from private homes and pet shops in the UK kept in poor
"Monkey World is an international primate rescue and rehabilitation centre, but more and more we find ourselves being called to rescue and rehabilitate monkeys being kept as pets, legally, in Britain today. Some of the worst conditions, from which we have rescued monkeys, are from peoples homes." says Alison.
"Sadly most of these primates are kept by well-meaning but unqualified people who do not know what the needs of their monkeys are. Monkeys from the British pet trade come to us in terrible physical and mental condition having been kept in tiny, indoor birdcages, in solitary confinement. And it is not just the monkeys that are suffering. Well-meaning individuals are being misled by breeders and dealers as to the needs and longevity of captive monkeys. People are paying thousands of pounds for animals that require specialist care and that will never make good pets. The British public are being ripped off by this needless but legal trade."