If you’re thinking about getting a monkey for a pet, think again. Please consider domesticated animals like dogs, cats and rabbits, but not monkeys. A good pet monkey does not exist. Zoos and animal shelters are full of ex-pet monkeys. Adopting a child would a lot less stressful than having a monkey as a pet.
Pet monkeys may be illegal, depending on where you live. Some states, like Tennessee, will allow the ownership of small monkeys but forbid anyone from owning an ape. Internet sites or pet stores that sell monkeys will not care and will not check the local animal laws in your area. They just want your money. It is up to you to find out what the pet laws are in your area. Contact your local police station for details.
If you do get a pet monkey anyway, even though you know they are illegal where you live and your monkey is discovered, then your monkey will be destroyed and you will be fined a lot of money and have to appear in court.
Many pet monkeys are for sale only because their bands were wiped out in the wild to harvest the babies and to eat the meat of the adults. Although there are some people who do breed monkeys in captivity, their parent stock or grandparent stock were once wild monkeys.
Don’t be taken in by pet monkey sellers who claim their babies are hand-raised and perfectly domesticated. There is nothing to stop them from lying. Even if you try to sick the Better Business Bureau on them, it’s too late for you. You’ll never get your money back. Many exotic animal sellers move around frequently, making them hard to find after the check has cleared. And monkeys can go as high as $30,000 (US).
Monkeys are smarter than most people and stronger than most people. A bored pet monkey in a temper tantrum will not only cause damage to your home, but to anyone around him as well. Monkeys like to bite. Even the smallest species in the bet monkey trade can do significant damage with their teeth.
So, if you have a friend over and your pet monkey bites him and he has to go to the hospital, guess what is going to happen? You’ll be sued and the monkey will most likely be impounded and destroyed.
Monkeys and people are alike in a lot of ways, including illnesses that can be passed from one to another, including AIDS. Even if your pet doesn’t give you an illness, he will take you to the poorhouse. Pet monkeys get sick often and have to go to the vet a lot or they will die.
eHow. “How to Buy a Pet Monkey in Tennesse.” Rena Sherwood (written back when eHow allowed sarcasm) http://www.ehow.com/how_4524713_buy-pet-monkey-tennessee.html
Pet Monkey Info. “Pet Monkey Laws in America.” http://petmonkeyinfo.com/laws.html
National Geographic. “The Perils of Keeping Monkeys as Pets.” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/09/0916_030916_primatepets.html
Second Chance Primate Sanctuary. “U.S. Pet Primate Trade.” http://2ndchanceprimate.com/id16.html