THE AZA PRIMATE ADVISORY GROUPS
PRIMATE PET TRADE POSITION STATEMENT
Note: this draft is currently under review by WCMC, for consideration as an AZA position statement. Any changes finalized before publication of the RCP will be included.
There is an active trade in pet primates in many areas of the U.S, where it is still possible to buy primates in pet stores, from private breeders and through animal dealers. The four primate advisory groups of AZA, the Prosimian TAG, the New World Primate TAG, the Old World Monkey TAG, and the Ape TAG, support the elimination of the trade in pet primates for the following reasons:
It is also the consensus of AZAs primate advisory groups that education about primates and legislation to restrict the trade in primates as pets are likely to be the most effective means of curbing the trade in pet primates, and the following actions will be necessary for AZA institutions to effect an impact on the trade:
2) Recruit educators to develop and produce materials for zoo visitors and potential primate buyers;
3) Align with other groups (including the American Society of Primatologists, animal advocacy groups where appropriate, and local municipal and legislative bodies) to influence and enact the legislation needed to restrict the trade in pet primates;
4) Investigate existing regulations in place in the U.S. (state by state) relating to privately-owned primates.
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