As the Government launches a new set of guidelines for people who keep primates, this month’s RSPCA wildlife podcast focuses on what that code means – and why the charity continues to call for a ban on primates as pets.

As the Government launches a new set of guidelines for people who keep primates, this month’s RSPCA wildlife podcast focuses on what that code means – and why the charity continues to call for a ban on primates as pets.

RSPCA wildlife scientist Ros Clubb contributed to DEFRA’s new primate code and explains its purpose in the monthly feature. She said: “Primates are intelligent, socially complex wild animals that can suffer greatly in captivity, but they currently have very little protection under UK law. It’s estimated there are around 5,000 kept privately in the UK, and whilst our calls for a ban have not yet been answered, this new code, if passed, is a step in the right direction.”

RSPCA podcast calls for a ban on keeping primates as pets In December last year, Dr Clubb attended 10 Downing Street with the organisation Wild Futures to hand over a petition signed by more than 31,000 people calling for a ban on trade in pet primates and supported by over 360 eminent primatologists, conservationists and primate rescue organisations who are calling for a ban on the keeping of primate as pets.

Dr Clubb said: “This month’s podcast is a great opportunity to delve into the issue in more detail and help explain why it’s so important that we bring to a stop the buying and selling of primates with no control over who keeps them or how they are kept.”

Every month, scientists from the RSPCA’s wildlife department keep website visitors up to date with wild animal welfare issues. This month listeners will also get to hear about how the society is helping animals in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, and the story of an owl spotted over five years after its rehabilitation and release from one of the charity’s wildlife centres. 

You can listen to the podcast by visiting http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/wildlife/podcast.

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