The trade in exotic animals – a profitable business for criminal people


Another case of cruel monkey trade and serious violation of the Animal Welfare Act: In a new research, PETA investigators were able to locate an exotic dealer who was offering baby monkeys a few days old on an exotic platform for self-rearing. Shortly after the birth, the baby monkeys were to be snatched away from their mother and then sold for € 1,000.

We at PETA Germany became aware of an exotic trader from Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Germany) via a relevant internet portal, who was offering “baby monkeys a few weeks old to continue feeding” on the internet.
Undercover, our investigators contacted the dealer and pretended to be interested in one of the monkey children.

Together with ARTE TV-Sender: we, PETA Germany uncovered this case.

During a visit by the investigators on site, the dealers reported that they had been selling baby monkeys in this way to customers around the world for several years. Only recently a monkey was sold to Latvia with an exotic courier.

The monkeys would be torn away from their mother 10-14 days after birth and then bottle-raised. In the case of triplet births, one of the children would be separated from the mother immediately after birth.

On-site research brings the cruel truth to light

In addition to the common marmosets, red-hand tamarins, marmosets from the Czech Republic and cites, protected list monkeys were kept in the dealers’ garden.

Other animals are housed with the dealer’s father for reasons of space.

Various exotic species of monkeys were found in the garden of the dealer.

The early separation of the common marmoset monkey children from their parents is a criminal offense according to §17 No. 1 of the Animal Welfare Act.

Such a separation from the parents can lead to the death of the young monkeys and in this case was accepted with approval. We notified the responsible police and the veterinary authorities and filed a criminal complaint with the Dessau-Roßlau public prosecutor’s office.
With the demand to impose an immediate animal keeping and care ban. For the welfare of the animals, an order for immediate execution is required.

“The completely unregulated trade in exotic animals is assuming increasingly criminal proportions, also because the demand for monkeys, skunks and other wild animals seems to be unstoppable.
For years the exotic trader has been making a lot of money from the immoral sale of monkey children and regularly snatches her babies away from a mother monkey.

Animal dealers are becoming more and more unscrupulous and their immoral business leaves mentally ill beings and overcrowded animal shelters and rescue centers when the keepers are overwhelmed with the animals.
In this case, crimes have been committed for years that must now be punished and stopped. “
(Jana Hoger, specialist librarian for animal roommates at PETA).

The babies of this common marmoset should be sold for € 1,000.

After our extensive research into the case, the public prosecutor’s office has already started the investigation.

Primates are offered and sold through internet portals and social networks

Primates are among the most traded exotic mammals on exotic animal sales platforms.
In Germany, the trade in and keeping of so-called exotic species in private hands is largely unregulated.
If the price is right, strictly protected and extremely sensitive animal species are sold even to laypeople.

Due to the high mortality rates as a result of inadequate husbandry and care, the demand remains at a high level.

A study presented by the Federal Environment Ministry in March 2020 confirms that the trade in exotic wild animals is contributing to the global extinction of species.

It has not only been known since the corona crisis that exotic animals can be a reservoir for dangerous pathogens: animals such as monkeys, snakes or turtles are often infected with infectious intestinal parasites such as worms or giardia, which can also be transmitted to humans. According to estimates by the Robert Koch Institute, every third Salmonella infection in young children is due to contact with exotic reptiles.

Sign our call for action and demand an import ban on wild animals:

And I mean…Primates are a diverse group of over 250 species that live across five continents but are most commonly found in the tropics, from Uruguay to Uganda and Venezuela to Vietnam. They are wild, and attempts to domesticate them result in a mentally disturbed animal that no amount of training, beating or adoring will ever reverse.

It’s important to understand just how drastically the pet trade can threaten the survival of vulnerable and endangered species. For example, infant chimpanzees are targeted for the pet trade because adults are dangerously strong and can be very aggressive. Because adults will fight to protect them, whole troops are regularly killed to capture one or two infant chimpanzees.

It is extremely important to note for every chimpanzee being sold, an estimated five to 10 have been killed.
These infants rarely survive long enough to be sold, either due to the traumatic experience, the poor conditions following capture, or a combination of both.

Like humans, primates are social creatures. But most people only want a single monkey for a pet, not an entire troop.

So not only do primate pets suffer physically, they’re also socially deprived. We know from early experimental studies that isolating these animals from their group causes profound social problems. In most cases, normal social behaviour can’t be recovered in pets that are later released.

Some will argue that outlawing the ownership of pet primates will only drive the industry underground, immunising it from the rules that currently govern acceptable conditions.
But this logic could apply to any illegal behaviour, from kidnapping to owning guns.
Surely, just because these things persist, it doesn’t mean we should legalise and attempt to regulate them.

Educating people is what will protect these animals and also the humans that care about them.
We still have an enormous amount to learn about our closest relatives.

Keeping monkeys as pets is a crime. The sale and private ownership of exotic animals must be banned in Germany and all over the world.

My best regards to all, Venus

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