Monkey Business

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Story and picture by Chrisy

It is illegal to keep monkeys as pets in the home; even in places where they are legal, a permit is usually required. Their legal status as pets varies in other countries. Permits may be issued to those who qualify in the caring of monkeys.

Unfortunately, raising a monkey around humans doesn’t change the wild nature of monkey, and in fact depriving a pet monkey of normal social relationships with other monkeys can create behavior problems and neuroses

Pet monkeys also have a tendency to bite. They have different personalities so one cannot generalize, but some monkeys will be very aggressive, and others will be more docile. Nevertheless, monkeys are unpredictable and may turn aggressively on anyone, including the person to whom they are the closest.

Check it out from what the animal rights groups have to say… They object to the trade in longtailed macaques for fear that a cruel fate awaits the monkeys in testing facilities. Detail of the report from Star Two, check it here

Conservationists and animal rights activitists prefer culling to reduce the number of longtailed macaques, saying it was a more humane solution than trading the monkeys for use as food or medical testing. Check this out from making a quick buck.

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