Call for a Nationwide Ban on Keeping Monkeys as Pets

Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture 

Goal: Implement a state-wide and nation-wide ban outlawing pet monkey ownership

Despite all the media attention surrounding Justin Bieber’s pet monkey ownership, many states still condone owning pet monkeys. Many people purchase baby monkeys, thinking they’ll serve as suitable surrogates for human children. However, tragic consequences can result when the baby monkeys reach maturity. We must outlaw pet monkey ownership in all fifty states for the safety of both monkeys and humans.

The media traditionally portrays monkeys as cute and cuddly, leaving naive pet buyers with inaccurate first impressions. These buyers are misguided at best, since monkeys quickly mature and become independent and even dangerous. According to primate advocacy sources, seventeen U.S. states have no requirements that prohibit the private possession of nonhuman primates. The states with no requirements are as follows: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Sign the below petition to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which controls national pet law standards, to implement a federal ban outlawing pet monkey ownership. Such a ban would prevent dangerous monkey attacks that result from confinement by humans, and allow monkeys to thrive in their natural habitats. Primates belong in the wild and humans should not rob them of their safety or freedom.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

Pet monkeys have been making news headlines recently, but many people still keep monkeys in their homes in the United States. Although many states have banned private primate ownership, seventeen states still allow residents to keep monkeys as pets.

Many monkey bites are recorded by owners each year and many more go unreported. Children are most vulnerable to primate attacks because monkeys and apes are naturally territorial and establish dominance hierarchies. Exotic animals need plenty of space to roam around, constant physical and psychological enrichment, and specialized nutritional needs. The primate trade is big business overseas, and often results in unhealthy and depressed animals being used for consumerism and unjust profit. 

I am urging you to work with these seventeen states to implement laws that prohibit primate ownership. I also encourage you to implement a federal ban on primate ownership so that the penalties for noncompliance are even more stringent. Thank you for doing your part to keep wildlife in the wild and United States citizens safe. 

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Vinoth Chandar via Flickr

 

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  1. Owning wild animals as pets is not a sound logic and most always grief is the result and usually for the poor animals. There should be a law to say animals are to be kept in sanctuaries that have a lot of room and an environment as close to what they would have in the wild. Anything less should not be allowed. A lot of these people who insist on keeping wild animals are keeping them in small unsuitable enclosures and haven’t got any common sense, that should tell them that what they are doing is cruel. If the animals escape from week cages or some fool lets them out into the public spaces, the animals lose their lives and this is extremely distasteful and not the animals fault. So the laws need to be tightened. Animals deserve better if they must be kept in captivity.

  2. Melanie Nawrot says:

    I have owned marmosets which majority of the breed lives in homes due to humans taking their natural environment. They r very tame throughout their lives and make very good family pets. Capuchins are very smart it is important to train them well the first few months of their lives. I have also cared for them and they have their own bedroom and are very happy. I have also seen service capuchins that help people who are paralyzed and the monkeys take pride in helping the ill and weak. True owning a primate is not for everyone many times people do get them and dont care or train for them properly and that can develop problems. Having a lizard or snake or even fish is taking them out of their natural environment yet thousands do. Dogs turn and bite their owners everyday. I feel that if a primate owner is experienced and responsible that they can have a life long compainian. I have sone many studies on primates own them and have worked at a zoo with them. Monkeys in a loving home are much happier and healthier than those in zoos or rescue centers. Look up the story of Zoe the capuchin in a Florida sanctuary. Many experts and vets are fighting for Zoes return to his family. Because zoe is so depressed and missing her human family her health is going down hill. And the so called sanctuary is not carimg for the primates properly. I understand theres alot of opinions of humans oqning monkeys but there are more succes stories than there are of attacks or bad stories. Also for those who are paralyzed capuchins become helpers and life long friends even as adult monkeys. They are wonderful sercice animals!

  3. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    NO WORDING FOR THAT – SPEECHLESS – PURE GREED, INFANTILISM AND SADISM.
    NEVER WANT MEET MONSTERS LIKE THEM!
    FAUGH ! LAST RABBLE!
    “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment.”
    - Ansel Adams, photographer.
    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

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