John Spellar MP: calls on Government to ban the sale of primates as pets
- John Spellar MP is calling on the Government to ban the sale of primates as pets, as it is revealed 5,000 such animals are kept in unsuitable conditions across the UK
- The RSPCA and a host of partner organisations hosted a reception in the House of Commons to raise awareness of the issue
- John Spellar MP will continue to work closely with the RSPCA to campaign for legislation to #ProtectPrimates
John Spellar MP has joined the RSPCA, the BVA, and a range of other welfare organisations, in calling for a ban on the sale of primates as domestic pets. Fifteen European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species.
An estimated 5,000 primates are currently believed to be confined in wholly unsuitable conditions in UK homes. These highly intelligent mammals have been shown to disproportionally suffer in domestic environments, causing unnecessary suffering for both the animals involved and owners.
Public support also remains high for a total ban, with a recent YouGov survey finding that 75 per cent of the public would favour such a policy.
John Spellar MP said:
“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations in bringing an end to the sale of primates as pets. I encourage all constituents to think again if they are considering purchasing such an animal as a pet, and I call on the Government to introduce legislation for a complete ban on the trade of primates.”
David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA, said:
“Thousands of primates are confined in unsuitable conditions in the UK, causing unnecessary suffering for both the animals involved and their owners for when they outgrow their surroundings.
“Fifteen European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species. We now call on the Government to follow and introduce a complete ban on the keeping and trade of primates as pets.”