Is it fair that we retain monkies as pets, or in fact any animal, that could mean your dog, cat, pet budgie to name a few? Should we be permitted to keep any animal as a pet, particularly if it’s locked up in an enclosure.
The human-pet timeline is still being put together but it turns out that man’s best friend might also be his oldest. Pets have been harnessed to humans for perhaps tens of thousands of years.
Regardless of when pet ownership sprung up, our deep affection for these animals is still going strong. Americans own some 78 million dogs, 85 million cats, 14 million birds, 12 million small mammals and 9 million reptiles, according to pet industry statistics.
No connection that humans have is actually like the love we form to non-humans. Many of us live with or have lived with an animal at some time or another. Currently, according to the American Humane Society, 39% of U.S. householders have at least one dog, and 33% have at least one cat.
You view hundreds of really delightful and charming video’s and photos of monkies on sites such as Facebook and other similar localities, but animated, smart, eerily human, monkeys are among the countless, animals on our planet.
That’s why monkeys would appear to make charming pets. However, unlike dogs or cats, primates (all monkeys and apes) have not developed over thousands of years to live compatibly with humans. Monkeys are not domesticated.
They are wild creatures ill-equipped to adjust to the unusual world of their human relatives. Keeping primates fit and strong in captivity is hard, costly and time-consuming.
As you consider bringing a monkey into your home, please think about the following:
Never overlook that a monkey is a wild creature. Similar to raccoons, their infant cordiality decreases as they approach adulthood, when they become aggressive and can attack with the slightest provocation.
Most monkeys you view on television or out in public are quite young, adults are seldom seen outside of an enclosure. Even hand-rearing a baby primate does not prevent this actual shift in behavior. In fact, denying a baby monkey of a healthy bond with its mother and family group can result in a lifetime of neurotic behavior.
All monkey homes share something in common, broken lamps and housewares, torn curtains, exhumed house plants, not to mention the distinct smell.
Young monkeys, like all newborn primates, are sweet-natured and loving. However, be prepared for a total transformation of character when your monkey reaches sexual maturity. All monkeys become temperamental as they grow older.
Owners need to be quite sympathetic to their moods, for primates will attack even their primary caregivers, usually with no indication. Similar to humans, every monkey has a diverse nature, some don’t trust newcomers or kids, whilst others will quickly change their loyalty from one family member to another.
Decorating baby monkeys up like dolls can seem compelling. However, as they grow older, most primates decline to permit themselves to be adorned. Those obtained as substitute children are soon discarded when they don’t live up to expectations.
Furthermore, if you’d like to teach a monkey to do tricks, disregard it, except if you are a licensed animal handler. Even then, trainers oust their primates once they reach sexual development and become dangerous, most are developed by the age of four.
Lastly, don’t overlook that monkeys are uninhibited animals who engage in natural pursuits that may upset you, including genitalia performances, masturbation, intercourse and same-sex mounting.
No matter what you may be assured, all monkeys bite. Biting is a primate’s expression of anger and nothing you can do will alter that. Discipline is normally taken as a threat and can have severe results. Furthermore contrary to common knowledge, spaying or neutering your monkey will have limited or no impact on controlling hostility.
Teeth extraction is not only harmful and cruel, it doesn’t eliminate the threat, a toothless monkey can still produce severe injuries. For the stability of both the monkey and people, you need to keep your primate from contact with any and all newcomers, that covers friends of your children, neighbors, and relations.
In many cases, health authorities will kill a monkey that has bitten to examine it for rabies. You should further invest in liability insurance, people who are bitten can prosecute. Furthermore, make sure you have some kind of comprehensive health insurance for you and your family. A bite on the hand from a grown-up monkey can put you out of commission for weeks.
It’s all really delightful to see monkey’s jumping and bouncing about on Facebook video’s and other localities, but what you have to recognize is the circumstances that they have been taken from, and what conditions they might be living in with their masters, and also how they have come to be having a monkey in the first place.
You also have to remember that every year in the United States more than 105,000 primates are confined to laboratories, where they are injured and killed in invasive, disturbing, and terrifying experiments.
Whilst it is well known that nonhuman primates are sensitive, smart beings who share various major biological and psychological traits with humans, these powerful characteristics, sadly, make them choice game for experimenters, who use them as if they were disposable pieces of laboratory apparatus.
Primates violated in tests are raised in government or commercial facilities, born in laboratories, or caught in the wild countries such as China, Cambodia, and the island of Mauritius. Babies born in laboratories are violently ripped from their shrieking mothers and permanently sequestered from them, normally inside three days of birth.
Various studies have found that in order to seize primates from their habitats in the wild, hunters usually shoot mothers from trees, drug the animals with dart guns, and then apprehend the babies, who adhere, panic-stricken, to their mothers’ corpses.
Some wildlife dealers catch entire primate families in baited snares. The animals are crammed into small crates with limited to no food or water and are taken to dirty holding stations, where they wait for the long and terrifying excursions in the cargo containers of passenger airlines.
Their destination, laboratories like Covance or Charles River Laboratories, laboratory dealers like Primate Products, Inc, or primate breeding stations.
After suffering a traumatic parting from their families and/or habitats, primates in laboratories are normally restricted to barren steel pens, a far cry from the green woodlands and savannahs where they would otherwise live.
In their natural environments, nonhuman primates can travel for miles, searching for a variety of foods, socializing with family, ascending hills, swaying from vines, swimming in rivers, running across fields, and playing with their mates.
In laboratories, these animals have hardly enough room to sit, stand, lie down, or turn around. The vibrant days full of sensory stimulation that they should be encountering are substituted by days that are void of color, scent, and nearly every other kind of environmental enhancement.
At most, the primates in laboratories are given inexpensive molded toys, damaged reflectors, and the rare wedge of apple or banana.
The study reveals that 90 percent of primates in laboratories display unusual habits that are created by the physical injury, psychological anxiety, social segregation, and barren confinement that they are made to endure.
Many go crazy, rocking back and forth, pacing endlessly in the pens, and engaging in repeated movements such as back-flipping. They even engage in acts of self-mutilation, including tearing out their own hair or biting their own body.
Beyond having their most basic needs and wants that are being ignored, primates confined in laboratories are subjected to severe and traumatic procedures, including the following:
In these experiments, thick gavage devices are forced up primates’ noses or down the animals’ gullets so that experimental drugs can be pumped into their bellies, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that animal experiments have a shocking 92 percent failure rate in foretelling the safety and/or effectiveness of pharmaceuticals.
Chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys are given communicable diseases and then utilized as test subjects for experimental vaccines. Even though decades of these tests on primates have failed to create adequate vaccines for humans, monkeys are still contaminated with HIV-like diseases that cause them to experience severe weight loss, significant organ malfunction, breathing problems, and neurological disorders before they die excruciatingly agonizing deaths or are destroyed.
In recent tests carried out by the military, primates were exposed to anthrax and contaminated with botulism and bubonic plague. In antiquated chemical casualty training exercises that were stopped following objections from PETA, squirrel monkeys were infected with nerve agents that made them convulse, even though human-patient simulators exist and produce more efficient training.
These remarkably harsh studies started more than five decades ago when Harry Harlow infamously removed baby primates away from their mothers, giving them only rag dolls or offensive wire mothers as replacements.
Even though we know the adverse implications of separating babies from their mothers, related tests are conducted today at places such as the National Institutes of Health, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Wake Forest University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Washington, where baby monkeys are ripped from their mothers in order deliberately to create psychological trauma and explore the harm that occurs.
In some new extreme studies, experimenters studied the association linking maternal need and if the baby monkeys grew right-handed or left-handed or how it influenced the animals’ alcohol-drinking habits later in life.
In disturbingly common trials at universities across the land, including the University of Utah, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Washington, monkeys have holes drilled into their heads, metal restraint devices twisted into their heads, and electrodes implanted into their brains.
Experimenters at Columbia University created strokes in baboons by removing their left eyeballs and utilizing the hollow eye openings to clamp crucial blood vessels leading to their brains. Some animals have parts of their brains destroyed or removed to reduce their cognitive capacity or cripple them.
These sensitive, smart animals then have their bodies immobilized in restraint chairs and their heads locked into place as they are forced to do a variation of behavioral tasks and their brain activity is recorded.
In order to coerce the monkeys to cooperate, they are sometimes denied water for up to 24 hours at a time. When the tests stop, most of the animals are euthanized and their brains are extracted and dissected.
A clandestine network of wildlife traffickers trading baby chimpanzees has been exposed by an investigation. The small animals are taken from the wild and traded as pets. The investigation revealed a notorious West African core for wildlife trafficking, identified as the blue room, and led to the liberation of a one-year-old chimp.
His black hair is disheveled and his dirty nappy rubs the concrete floor as he inches towards the familiar figures of the men who have been holding him captive. The infant chimp torn away from his family in the wild is the victim of a profitable and cruel smuggling operation, exposed by an inquiry spanning half a dozen nations.
In demand as pets in rich homes or as performers in commercial zoos, baby chimpanzees hold a price tag of $12,500, a little under £10,000, but sometimes more. Each acquisition of a live infant like this one imposes a shocking loss on chimp populations.
The common tactic adopted by poachers is to kill as many of the adults in a family as possible. This stops them from opposing the acquisition of the baby and their bodies can then be marketed as bushmeat.
To take one infant alive, up to 10 adults are typically killed. Once caught, these baby chimps then enter a complex chain that extends from the poachers in the jungles to brokers, who arrange fake export licenses and transportation, and finally to the clients.
The animals are in high demand in the Gulf countries, southeast Asia and China, with clients prepared to pay high prices and extra expenses to help bypass international authorities. Furthermore, whilst they may be well looked after whilst they are young, chimpanzees soon become too strong and potentially violent to be kept in a home.
It’s a kind of slavery and when chimps stop being adorable infants, they meet a gruesome end.
They still have 90% of their life before of them. They get locked in some pen and perhaps even destroyed in some circumstances since they have outlived their serviceable pet stage.
The infant chimp found by the BBC had been purchased from a poacher, according to one report, for 300 Euros (£257). However, it was freed en route as a consequence of their investigation, leading Interpol officials and Ivorian investigators to reveal a major trafficking group.
After months of work building connections with merchants across a number of nations, the team hunted down the smuggling leaders to a residence in Abidjan. Acting as proposed customers, clandestine reporters established the baby chimp was at the home before informing Interpol and local police who were waiting nearby.
During the police operation, a tiny opening about the size of a shower cubicle was located, furnished with small blue tilework. Inside it, they found a small chimp cowering in a wooden cage.
The discovery was not just a moment of freedom for the small animal, but also a significant turning point in a lengthy exploration by wildlife campaigners to hunt down the notorious blue room, known to be used as a holding enclosure by traffickers and regularly restocked.
For years, when traders had distributed videos displaying confined infant chimpanzees available for purchase, the same distinguishing blue tilework was visible. Understood to be in West Africa, no-one knew which country it might be in, let alone which city, until the research directed police to it.
This discovery gives new insight into the possible measure of loss sustained by large apes, including chimpanzees.
A predicted 3,000 great apes, including orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees, are lost from the wild every year as a consequence of illegal enterprise. They are either sold, killed during the hunt or die in captivity.
About two-thirds of the apes lost are chimpanzees, an endangered species. Western chimpanzees, like the one freed in Abidjan, are found to be particularly vulnerable and are categorized as critically endangered. There are no more than 65,000 left and apparently far less.
Some 1,800 apes were taken by officials in 23 nations whilst being trafficked amid 2005 and 2011. A quarter of those apes freed were chimps. Though it is unknown how many smuggled apes reach their destinations undetected, the total is almost determined to be greater than previously believed.
The illicit sale in great apes is made feasible by the determination of the dealers and the ease with which international regulations on purchasing and marketing imperiled species can be deceived. Selling of compromised wild animals and plants is tightly regulated under the Cites agreement, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which tries to protect all wildlife under threat.
Under the legislation, chimpanzees, which are given a considerable level of protection, can only be sold overseas under a very restricted number of exemptions. For example, the animals require to have been bred in captivity, which is not known to occur in West Africa, and selling overseas and buying from abroad organizations require to be registered with Cites.
In spite of this, examination exposed that with the appropriate money and the proper links the bootlegging networks can circumvent these controls. Faced with proof, the secretary-general of Cites, stated that whilst he wasn’t disturbed by the efficiency with which false licenses for the exportation of baby chimps were obtained, he was dismayed.
Whilst it is believed the permit system was safe and sound overall, there were cases, particularly in West and Central Africa, where there was an exploitation of permits.
Law enforcement attempts, nevertheless, appear to fall far behind the percentage of illegal trade. Just 27 arrests were made in Africa and Asia in connection with the great ape trade between 2005 and 2011, and one-quarter of the arrests at no time led to prosecutions taken to court.
At Interpol, which facilitates international law enforcement collaboration, animal smuggling is a prime concern, nevertheless, national governments have specified that the funding and investigative attempts should be concentrated on the highest-profile threats, such as the killing of elephants and rhinos.
Interpol’s Environmental Security Unit admitted the district of West Africa had not been a prime concern, and nor had the smuggling of great apes. Since such offenses do not threaten the financial well-being of a country or its political stability, it did not force governments to respond, and the resources are clearly not there.
With the lack of funding, nothing can be done. So with primates, sadly, the facts are not as strong as it could be. States should step up and provide the vital financial funding.
We should be horrified by the way these primates are being treated, after all, they are the closest descendants we have to ourselves. Most of us would not behave towards our own youngsters like this, so why would we behave towards primates in this way?
Primates are worthy of a life of liberty in their own naturalness. They were born in the wild in their own natural environment, with their own parents, and it is revolting that they are taken away from their own natural environment to be locked in enclosures.
If somebody such as poachers were attempting to do that to our youngsters, and our children were being left in solitary confinement in barren enclosures, we would not be thrilled about it but wait, those poachers would have murdered us, the parents, just like they are murdering the parents of these primates.
Nevertheless, we all feel the need to go onto Facebook and glance at images or videos of small sweet monkeys being bathed by youngsters, and it all looks extremely sweet. I am culpable of doing the identical thing, I am one of those human beings.
These monkeys that you see are not contented monkeys, their parents have been murdered by poachers and they are left in barren pens where in the end they will be tested on and then killed for bushmeat.
This is the pattern of their life, not so nice, is it? Therefore, you can entertain yourself and stimulate yourself, looking at a video that seems syrupy and mushy, so take a peek and have a think about what goes on in numerous laboratories.
Now take a stand, since nothing is always what it appears, and you might be drawn to such videos, yet the end result is this primates demise. I estimate that’s not as fragrant as you first believed since I’m certain your wish is not death to these poor primates…