Primates are meant to live in forests. Unfortunately,
many of these animals
are forced to live in households. They are not meant to live as pets.
• Most pet monkeys who are taken from their mother as
infants do not live to
see adulthood. Those that do, more often than not, suffer from rickets,
diabetes, and/or neurosis (self-mutilation, rocking, pacing, etc.).
• When healthy monkeys reach maturity, they become
dissatisfied with being
subordinate and challenge the dominance and authority of their adopted
"monkey parents." This challenge is very similar to the one human
adolescents present to their human parents.
• Primates have large teeth and they bite. Often, humans
remove all or some
teeth to protect themselves from injury. This is terribly inhumane. A
has a natural instinct to use his teeth to defend his territory. When
taken away, he is left virtually defenseless. Most people, in an attempt
make them as human and as childlike as possible, have their tails and
permanently removed. With all this done, we have a "human" who can no
longer live a normal primate life.
• Many humans, in an attempt to delay the inevitable day
of removing the
primate from the house, force him to wear a shock collar. These collars
enable humans to give shocks at any time and for any reason. Sadistic
people have caused much pain and distress with these collars. People
remove their primate's thumbs in the mistaken notion that this will make
impossible for the primate to climb.
• Most people find that the newborn primate fits well
into their human family.
But, primates grow fast. By sexual maturity, these animals are stronger
most humans, and will overpower and bite them.
• Eventually, most people are unable to care for the
monkeys and send them
to laboratories. Due to funding limitations, sanctuaries normally will
accept ex-companion primates. Zoos will not accept them either, because
these primates are ignorant of primate etiquette and cannot live within
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