Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Monkey Business

Some questions have confounded mankind since time immemorial: What is the reason of life? Is there an after-life? Will Geraint Jones ever be any good and will his face ever engender a feeling other than "NOOOOO"?
I don't know about you, but the one that has always puzzled me was: do restrictions apply to the taking of marmoset monkeys into public places? So what a relief that the ever reliable Count Callithrix has pointed me in the direction of this parliamentary question. Cheers buddy, I owe you one!

Marmoset Monkeys

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions apply to the taking of marmoset monkeys into public places; and if he will make a statement. [77704]

Mr. Bradshaw: Marmoset monkeys are not listed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act and there are no restrictions specific to taking them into public places. However, any keeper would need to ensure that in taking such an animal into a public place they are not causing any unnecessary suffering contrary to section 1 of the Protection of Animals Act 1911.

Under the Animal Welfare Bill all keepers and owners will need to ensure that an animal’s welfare needs are also provided for.

The Department is also looking at the provision of codes of practice on the care of primates.
20 Jun 2006 : Column 1823W

Well that is a weight off mankind's collective mind.

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