Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin to give evidence to MPs on new primate care legislation

Bournemouth Echo: Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin to give evidence to MPs on new primate care legislation Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin to give evidence to MPs on new primate care legislation

MONKEY World director Dr Alison Cronin will be giving evidence to a House of Commons select committee today, as Parliament looks to review legislation governing the care of primates in the legal British pet trade.

Dr Cronin, who has spent more than two decades rescuing neglected monkeys and apes from across the United Kingdom, is set to be quizzed by MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

She says many of the monkeys coming from the British pet trade are found to be in “terrible physical and mental condition” having been kept in tiny, indoor birdcages in solitary confinement.

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,” said Dr Cronin.

Over the past two years staff at the Wool ape rescue centre have rescued 26 monkeys, from six different species, from private homes and pet shops across the country.

Dr Cronin said: “Some of the worst conditions, from which we have rescues monkeys, are from people's homes.

“Sadly most of these primates are kept by well-meaning but unqualified people who do not know what the needs of their monkeys are.”

But, according to Dr Cronin, 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,” she said.

“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.”

The select committee will hear evidence from a range of animal welfare and primate experts from 3pm. Dr Cronin is scheduled to give her evidence from 3.30pm.

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7:50am Thu 6 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

The obvious answer is stop wild animals being kept as pets whether that is reptiles or monkey's,the mass majority end up living in appalling conditions.if you like the company of these animals go and live in their natural surroundings It's totally wrong hope Dr Cronin as similar views
The obvious answer is stop wild animals being kept as pets whether that is reptiles or monkey's,the mass majority end up living in appalling conditions.if you like the company of these animals go and live in their natural surroundings It's totally wrong hope Dr Cronin as similar views kalebmoledirt

9:43am Thu 6 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Yes, no animal should be kept in a cage - that includes the big cage called Monkey World.
Yes, no animal should be kept in a cage - that includes the big cage called Monkey World. whataboutthat

9:49am Thu 6 Feb 14

elite50 says...

Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years.
What an achievement.
How much does it cost to run that place?
Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys!
Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years. What an achievement. How much does it cost to run that place? Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys! elite50

10:07am Thu 6 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

elite50 wrote:
Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years.
What an achievement.
How much does it cost to run that place?
Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys!
So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years. What an achievement. How much does it cost to run that place? Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys![/p][/quote]So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story kalebmoledirt

11:00am Thu 6 Feb 14

elite50 says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years.
What an achievement.
How much does it cost to run that place?
Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys!
So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story
I don't know about you but if it costs an arm and a leg to save one monkey a month for two years I would rather see the money spent on saving more advanced members of the species.
You know, human beings.
Sorry, did not mean to denigrate the tree hangers.
Over to you, hate away, poor person.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years. What an achievement. How much does it cost to run that place? Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys![/p][/quote]So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story[/p][/quote]I don't know about you but if it costs an arm and a leg to save one monkey a month for two years I would rather see the money spent on saving more advanced members of the species. You know, human beings. Sorry, did not mean to denigrate the tree hangers. Over to you, hate away, poor person. elite50

11:19am Thu 6 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

elite50 wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years.
What an achievement.
How much does it cost to run that place?
Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys!
So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story
I don't know about you but if it costs an arm and a leg to save one monkey a month for two years I would rather see the money spent on saving more advanced members of the species.
You know, human beings.
Sorry, did not mean to denigrate the tree hangers.
Over to you, hate away, poor person.
Hope your day gets better
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years. What an achievement. How much does it cost to run that place? Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys![/p][/quote]So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story[/p][/quote]I don't know about you but if it costs an arm and a leg to save one monkey a month for two years I would rather see the money spent on saving more advanced members of the species. You know, human beings. Sorry, did not mean to denigrate the tree hangers. Over to you, hate away, poor person.[/p][/quote]Hope your day gets better kalebmoledirt

12:54pm Thu 6 Feb 14

JuliaB73 says...

One a month from the UK pet trade. They also rescue endangered species from around the world plus they have a sister site out towards Borneo somewhere where they actually rehabilitate and release endangered species back into the wild in a safe protected area. Personally I think this world is over populated by human beings and I really do question whether some examples of human beings are actually "more advanced members of the species" as you have stated.
One a month from the UK pet trade. They also rescue endangered species from around the world plus they have a sister site out towards Borneo somewhere where they actually rehabilitate and release endangered species back into the wild in a safe protected area. Personally I think this world is over populated by human beings and I really do question whether some examples of human beings are actually "more advanced members of the species" as you have stated. JuliaB73

6:56pm Thu 6 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

I have listened to quite a few stories about monkey world,from former staff,and it was not nice to hear,Dr Cronin has lived well on it.Its a money making business.
I have listened to quite a few stories about monkey world,from former staff,and it was not nice to hear,Dr Cronin has lived well on it.Its a money making business. pete woodley

8:21pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Hobad1 says...

elite50 wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years.
What an achievement.
How much does it cost to run that place?
Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys!
So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story
I don't know about you but if it costs an arm and a leg to save one monkey a month for two years I would rather see the money spent on saving more advanced members of the species.
You know, human beings.
Sorry, did not mean to denigrate the tree hangers.
Over to you, hate away, poor person.
You mean the "advanced" human beings who put the primates in this sorry state of affairs in the 1st place through torture and mistreatment? Way to go.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Wow, they have rescued about one monkey a month for the last 2 years. What an achievement. How much does it cost to run that place? Some-one is making a killing and it aint the monkeys![/p][/quote]So tell us what you think it costs to run this sanctuary,sure the people work for a fair wage and satisfaction and Dr Cronin could as world authority on primates could earn more money.or do you just want a rant in the absence of a drug story[/p][/quote]I don't know about you but if it costs an arm and a leg to save one monkey a month for two years I would rather see the money spent on saving more advanced members of the species. You know, human beings. Sorry, did not mean to denigrate the tree hangers. Over to you, hate away, poor person.[/p][/quote]You mean the "advanced" human beings who put the primates in this sorry state of affairs in the 1st place through torture and mistreatment? Way to go. Hobad1

8:25am Fri 7 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

the staff at the zoo I spoke to didn't get paid
the others only got pea nuts
the staff at the zoo I spoke to didn't get paid the others only got pea nuts nickynoodah

1:32pm Fri 7 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

Monkeyworld do a wonderful job caring for these animals. stop the criticism. i bet you wouldn't have the determination to rescue a;ll these animals.
Monkeyworld do a wonderful job caring for these animals. stop the criticism. i bet you wouldn't have the determination to rescue a;ll these animals. chrisii1991

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