Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin gives evidence to MPs looking to review primate care legislation

Bournemouth Echo: RESCUE: Dr Alison Cronin with Bueno Junior, a baby Woolly Monkey  born and hand reared at Monkey World RESCUE: Dr Alison Cronin with Bueno Junior, a baby Woolly Monkey born and hand reared at Monkey World

MONKEY World director Dr Alison Cronin has told MPs the UK’s legal primate pet trade represents a “huge and significant” problem for animal welfare.

Dr Cronin, who has spent more than two decades rescuing neglected monkeys and apes from across the United Kingdom, was giving evidence to MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

This select committee, meeting as parliament looks to review legislation governing the care of primates in the British pet trade, was told up to 9,000 monkeys are being kept, legally, as pets in homes across the country.

They were also told it was possible to buy a monkey over the counter as easily as purchasing a goldfish.

Dr Cronin says many of the monkey’s she has taken in from British homes were found in a “terrible physical and mental condition.”

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.”

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 told the committee the problem is “growing exponentially.”

She added: “Most of the trade seems to be coming in the delisted species that are commonly purchased over the counter at a pet shop, like you would a goldfish or a budgie.

“These primates that have very specialist needs are being bought and sold to grandmothers, to young lads and even children. There is absolutely no regulation currently governing their breeding, their distribution, their sale and the care that they receive after.”

“Breeders, dealers and pet shops are often telling people that they make lovely pets, that they are nappy trained and can live as a member of the family, that they are friendly with the children and other pet animals – it simply isn’t true.”

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2:48pm Sat 8 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Animal welfare,its more like monkey business.and a very profitable one too.ask former staff.
Animal welfare,its more like monkey business.and a very profitable one too.ask former staff. pete woodley
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9:13am Sun 9 Feb 14

elite50 says...

Oh!
So there are 9,000 monkeys in the U.K. and in 2 years monkey world has rescued 26.
How many children have been rescued from cruel conditions in their homes?
This problem is also growing "exponentially".
I suggest that Dr. Cronin gets a grip on reality and gets a REAL job (but I guess that that would not pay as well)!
Oh! So there are 9,000 monkeys in the U.K. and in 2 years monkey world has rescued 26. How many children have been rescued from cruel conditions in their homes? This problem is also growing "exponentially". I suggest that Dr. Cronin gets a grip on reality and gets a REAL job (but I guess that that would not pay as well)! elite50
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10:07am Sun 9 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

pete woodley wrote:
Animal welfare,its more like monkey business.and a very profitable one too.ask former staff.
Yeah, it's a racket.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Animal welfare,its more like monkey business.and a very profitable one too.ask former staff.[/p][/quote]Yeah, it's a racket. whataboutthat
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11:15am Sun 9 Feb 14

Townee says...

Some on here don't like Monkey world but I for one do, it a nice place to take kids so they can see lots of different monkeys with out having to travel hundreds of miles to a main zoo or in the wild. Who cares if she has only rescued 26 that better than none and anyone who has a wild animal as a pet needs putting away.
Child abuses try bring back flogging for parents who abuse their children, they wouldn't do it again or let the lags in jail play with them.
Some on here don't like Monkey world but I for one do, it a nice place to take kids so they can see lots of different monkeys with out having to travel hundreds of miles to a main zoo or in the wild. Who cares if she has only rescued 26 that better than none and anyone who has a wild animal as a pet needs putting away. Child abuses try bring back flogging for parents who abuse their children, they wouldn't do it again or let the lags in jail play with them. Townee
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1:37pm Sun 9 Feb 14

elite50 says...

Townee wrote:
Some on here don't like Monkey world but I for one do, it a nice place to take kids so they can see lots of different monkeys with out having to travel hundreds of miles to a main zoo or in the wild. Who cares if she has only rescued 26 that better than none and anyone who has a wild animal as a pet needs putting away.
Child abuses try bring back flogging for parents who abuse their children, they wouldn't do it again or let the lags in jail play with them.
Your management of the English language needs a little bit of tender care.
Monkeys do not belong here.
If these people really cared about them they would send them back from whence they came.
Of course, if they can squeeze an extra few quid out of the locals, well, so be it.
You are doing a great job of supporting the lifestyle of the staff at monkey world.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Some on here don't like Monkey world but I for one do, it a nice place to take kids so they can see lots of different monkeys with out having to travel hundreds of miles to a main zoo or in the wild. Who cares if she has only rescued 26 that better than none and anyone who has a wild animal as a pet needs putting away. Child abuses try bring back flogging for parents who abuse their children, they wouldn't do it again or let the lags in jail play with them.[/p][/quote]Your management of the English language needs a little bit of tender care. Monkeys do not belong here. If these people really cared about them they would send them back from whence they came. Of course, if they can squeeze an extra few quid out of the locals, well, so be it. You are doing a great job of supporting the lifestyle of the staff at monkey world. elite50
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3:30pm Sun 9 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

The Life style of those at the top,is very high.
The Life style of those at the top,is very high. pete woodley
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4:19pm Sun 9 Feb 14

The Liberal says...

elite50 wrote:
Townee wrote:
Some on here don't like Monkey world but I for one do, it a nice place to take kids so they can see lots of different monkeys with out having to travel hundreds of miles to a main zoo or in the wild. Who cares if she has only rescued 26 that better than none and anyone who has a wild animal as a pet needs putting away.
Child abuses try bring back flogging for parents who abuse their children, they wouldn't do it again or let the lags in jail play with them.
Your management of the English language needs a little bit of tender care.
Monkeys do not belong here.
If these people really cared about them they would send them back from whence they came.
Of course, if they can squeeze an extra few quid out of the locals, well, so be it.
You are doing a great job of supporting the lifestyle of the staff at monkey world.
They couldn't possibly send most of the rescued apes and monkeys back to their native habitat, since most of them are psychologically damaged or don't know how to behave naturally in the wild.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Some on here don't like Monkey world but I for one do, it a nice place to take kids so they can see lots of different monkeys with out having to travel hundreds of miles to a main zoo or in the wild. Who cares if she has only rescued 26 that better than none and anyone who has a wild animal as a pet needs putting away. Child abuses try bring back flogging for parents who abuse their children, they wouldn't do it again or let the lags in jail play with them.[/p][/quote]Your management of the English language needs a little bit of tender care. Monkeys do not belong here. If these people really cared about them they would send them back from whence they came. Of course, if they can squeeze an extra few quid out of the locals, well, so be it. You are doing a great job of supporting the lifestyle of the staff at monkey world.[/p][/quote]They couldn't possibly send most of the rescued apes and monkeys back to their native habitat, since most of them are psychologically damaged or don't know how to behave naturally in the wild. The Liberal
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