The Problem With ‘ Pet ’ Primates in the United States Presentation to illustrate the scope of the problem; inherent risks, and to present recommended policies as a solution. Summary Of U.S. State Laws Regarding Private Sector Possession Of Nonhuman Primates 17 states have no restrictions
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The Problem With ‘Pet’ Primates in the United States
Presentation to illustrate the scope of the problem; inherent risks, and to present recommended policies as a solution.
Aside from state laws, many municipalities, cities, and/or counties across the United States prohibit private possession of nonhuman primates. New laws and regulations prohibiting monkeys and apes from being kept as ‘pets’ are being passed at unprecedented rates.
Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Wounds may become infected, with the potential to reach the bone and cause permanent deformity.
Nonhuman primates are not domesticated. Adult monkeys and apes exhibit aggression and instinctively bite and scratch.
Many reported monkey bites have resulted in serious injury to the individual who possessed the animal, to a neighbor, or to a stranger on the street.
It is estimated that for every reported monkey bite, at least ten bites go unreported.
The woman whose leg is shown to the left wrote to a list serv: I am sending you a picture of what Boomer (a capuchin) did to me last week and also to tell you that you were so right when you told me removing the teeth is no safe guard against getting hurt. As you can see, I was hurt from head to toe by him. I don't know why he got mad, he just attacked for no reason I can figure out. He was neutered at 9 months so it was not hormones! I didn't take anything away from him, he just all the sudden jumped on me before I even knew what was happening. I remember you telling me you can take the teeth and testicles out of a monkey but not the wild instinct. Now he is alone in a cage and I fear him.
This wound was caused by a small female java macaque who had been considered a "sweet loving pet" for eight years.
The life for so-called ‘pet’ monkeys and apes is far removed from what they would experience in their natural habitat.
Robbed from their natural mothers at birth and denied the opportunity to live their lives in accordance with their instincts and with others of their species, ‘pet’ monkeys typically have a dismal and stifling captive existence.
Individuals possessing primate species often attempt to change the nature of the monkey/ape rather than the nature of the care provided.
Such tactics include confinement in small barren enclosures, chaining, shocking, beating "into submission," or even painful mutilations, such as tooth and nail removal.
Nonhuman primates require special care; housing; diet, and maintenance that the average person cannot provide.
When in the hands of private individuals monkeys and apes typically suffer due to poor care.
A life in a backyard, basement or garage cage cannot even begin to meet the instinctual needs and desires of these intelligent, social animals.
A quick search on the internet alone reveals forty-eight web sites which specialize in selling baby monkeys and apes.
Semi-adult chimpanzee unrestrained in a public park. Clothing is unnatural and restrictive to nonhuman primates.
This little capuchin is still swollen and in pain from having his teeth extracted.
White-fronted capuchin unnaturally donning a dress standing on a child’s shoulders.
This infant siamang was pulled from his mother to be sold as a ‘pet’ to someone living in a subdivision.
This irresponsible behavior endangers the life of the toddler and puts the child and monkey at risk of disease transmission.
A bite from this capuchin monkey could easily sever this child’s jugular vein.
This infant chimpanzee should be in the arms of her mother.
The adult macaques are housed in parrot cages.
This adult spider monkey is housed in a parrot cage when she is not brought out to be dressed and harnessed.
This infant squirrel monkey is destined to an unnatural captive life.
The risk of disease transmission between nonhuman primates and children is great.
This ‘pet’ macaque in a classroom is likely to carry Simian Herpes B virus which is nearly always fatal to humans.
This ‘pet’ capuchin monkey will never experience life in a jungle.
The parents of this boy are irresponsibly allowing him to be exposed to a wide variety of risks.
This young chimpanzee in a public park has been denied the opportunity to coexist with others of his kind.
This macaque monkey is existing in an unnatural setting.
This baby spider monkey will never experience the amazing bond and nurturing his monkey mother would have offered.
This Celebes macaque will grow to become “unmanageable”.
This capuchin monkey is dressed in uncomfortable, confining clothing for the mere amusement of the owners.
These children and nonhuman primates are at risk of disease transmission.
These children are being exposed to risks and learning to be desensitized about the needs of wild animals.
This chimpanzee is being subjected to an unnatural environment.
This man is exhibiting irresponsible behavior with this capuchin monkey.
This Celebes macaque will begin to exhibit uncontrollable aggression when she is a bit older.
The National Association of State Public Health Veterinariansrecommends federal and state legislation prohibiting: