Target: Prime Minister of United Kingdom, David Cameron
Goal: Ban citizens in the United Kingdom from keeping primates as household pets
Despite a report released by the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRAC) stating that the keeping of monkeys as pets should be banned, the United Kingdom has not complied. While the United Kingdom claims to need more evidence about this matter before instituting a ban, the delay in this decision has enraged animal activists who believe that monkeys’ needs cannot be met if they are living in a typically household environment.
Monkeys have many needs that simply cannot be met in a household environment, such as the need for trees and social interaction with other primates. Monkeys have routinely been abused and neglected when they are kept in households, as caretakers sometimes do not care or do not know how to properly take care of them. There are also concerns that keeping monkeys at home could be detrimental to the wildlife population. A demand for monkeys, such as the golden-bellied Capuchin monkey which is a common household pet in the United Kingdom, could have disastrous consequences for the wildlife population.
It is estimated that as many as 2,500 to 20,000 monkeys are currently kept as pets in the UK. It is likely that these figures are higher considering how easy it is to buy monkeys and other exotic animals over the Internet. EFRAC is also unsure how many different types of monkeys are kept in the UK and the true quality of their living conditions.
Sign the petition below if you believe that monkeys shouldn’t be kept as pets, but rather should be kept in their natural habitat where they are free to explore and interact with other members of their species.
Dear Prime Minister Cameron,
A report that was recently released by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRAC) stated that the keeping of monkeys as pets should be banned, however, Parliament has yet to act on this issue. Parliament has insisted that it must wait until more information is compiled before it can officially ban citizens from keeping monkeys as pets.
I am writing to tell you that I am outraged at this delay. Monkeys, like many other exotic animals, shouldn’t be kept as pets. Private owners are rarely able to provide for these animals, leading to the animals growing depressed or angry. Keeping them as pets will also endanger monkeys living in the wild. If the demand is high enough, monkeys will be taken from their natural habitat, destroying regional ecosystems. Please ban the keeping of monkeys as pets, as they do not belong in a household.
[Your Name Here]
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