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BANNING primates as pets would be a draconian step, and should not be done without solid evidence and until other regulatory options have been exhausted, according to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom). Nevertheless, the committee does not rule out a ban. In a report published last week, it calls on the Government to act quickly to find out how many primates pets there are in the UK and how they are traded, and to develop an action plan to improve their welfare.
The EFRACom points out that it is not known how many primates are being kept as pets in the UK, with estimates ranging from 1000 to 20,000. There are similar uncertainties about the size of the trade in which they are sold.
‘We take the welfare of primates in captivity very seriously, so we were surprised …