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Primates: Pets

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the keeping of primates as pets.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Anyone compromising the welfare of a primate or causing it any unnecessary suffering in the way it is being kept, is breaching the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and therefore already committing an offence. The Government therefore has no proposals to ban the keeping of primates as pets.

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