Celebrities, including Rihanna and Justin Bieber are & # 39; idiots & # 39; for keeping monkeys as pets says professor
- Prof. Ben Garrod said that many monkeys die within two years due to lack of care
- He told the Hay Festival that primates are not good pets because they are wild
- Prof. Garrod said it was possible to & # 39; goose-monkeys & # 39; to google and buy them for £ 1,500
Celebrities who share photos with pet monkeys are & # 39; idiots & # 39; because & # 39; primates are not pets & # 39 ;, a scientist warned.
Ben Garrod, a professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement, claimed that chimpanzees or monkeys that were purchased as pets, within two years & # 39; death & # 39; because people are unable to care for them.
He called for better regulation to prevent people from buying pets, and added that it was easy to do that online.
Prof. Garrod told the Hay Festival that Justin Bieber, pictured with his monkey, is a & # 39; super-idiot & # 39; is
He also condemned Rihanna, in the photo feeding her pet monkey, for their choice of the animal. Prof. Garrod said the current British regulations on the possession of exotic monkeys are too lax
Prof. Ben Garrod, pictured, claimed that it was far too easy for the public to buy exotic monkeys as pets and that many of the primates would be dead within two years because they need special care and are not easily domesticated
Professor Garrod explained that primates were not good pets because there was no long domestication process.
When he spoke to an audience at the Hay Festival, he said: & Justin Bieber – the man is an idiot. Absolutely super storm.
& # 39; He got a pet monkey that he brought from America to Germany and thought & # 39; oh look, I have my own pet monkey & # 39 ;.
& # 39; No, you can't do that. He had it seized and he said: & # 39; I'll just buy one & # 39 ;, that guy is an idiot.
& # 39; If you see celebrities like Rihanna and Justin Bieber and a few others with pet monkeys, that's really bad and we have to tell people it's bad. & # 39; He criticized everyone in the UK who was willing to buy a pet primate and called for better regulation of the problem.
He added: & # 39; I want you to be surprised that 4,500 monkeys are being kept as pets in the UK.
& # 39; There is no regulation to stop that. You can on Google and actually Google & # 39; baby monkey for sale UK & # 39; go and you will find them.
& # 39; I googled it last week and you can buy two in Manchester right now, two small Marmosets from South America for £ 1,500.
& # 39; They will be dead within two years because you are unable to care for them.
& # 39; They are incredibly special animals that need very special care, but we keep them as pets – it's insane. & # 39;
Explaining the reasons why they were such bad pets, Professor Garrod told the public that primates had not gone through the same domestication process that dogs, cats, hamsters, and horses had.
He said: & # 39; Some animals with whom we have had a long experience in our history help to make them suitable as pets.
& # 39; Dogs – we started domesticating wolves to become dogs 37,000 years ago.
& # 39; We have had 37,000 years of tweaking and changing and turning a beautiful, majestic, wolf into a Pomeranian.
& # 39; But we haven't had that with chimpanzees and other primates, such as monkey monkeys and lemurs. & # 39; Professor Garrod of the University of East Anglia raised the issue in his new book The Chimpanzee and Me.
He wrote: & # 39; Given that we are determined to seek, form and maintain social relationships and given that baby primates such as chimpanzees look so undeniably cute … it's not a huge shock that primates are perfect pets have been considered and kept for years around palaces, houses or apartments … & # 39; But he said: & # 39; Primates are not pets.
& # 39; If there is anything that I would like to see in the coming years, it would be for the US and the UK to make it illegal to own a pet primate.
& # 39; It's wrong. We know it's wrong and it would be so easy for politicians to win. & # 39;
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