As part of our mission to end the use of animals in research, testing, and education, AAVS supports sanctuaries that provide caring environments for animals formerly used in laboratories. The majority of AAVS-funded sanctuaries care for nonhuman primates, like chimpanzees, macaques, capuchins, and tamarins retired from labs. These same sanctuaries are often called upon to rescue animals from the entertainment industry, pet trade, and other abusive situations, straining their valuable resources and making it more difficult to provide refuge to animals relinquished from labs.
This burden can be lessened, however, by supporting the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856 and
S. 1463), legislation that would prohibit the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primate species in the exotic pet trade.
Keeping wild animals as pets is never a good idea. Primate infants may seem cute and cuddly, but they soon grow strong, aggressive, and their wild instinctual tendencies quickly manifest. Because of this, they are often confined to small cages, have their teeth extracted, and may be subject to abusive training methods. Additionally, since 1990, more than 200 people, many of them children, have been injured by primates who were kept as pets. Following incidents like these, animals may be killed or if they’re lucky, relinquished to a sanctuary where they can live with their own kind.
As a leader in the development of good sanctuary practices and certification, AAVS believes that by supporting the Captive Primate Safety Act, we can help end the primate pet trade, which, in turn, will also help sanctuaries that require so many resources to care for animals in need.
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