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National Geographic's Recent Article

Postby Missfit » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:14 am

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... ey_2130404

I was really supprised to see Nat Geo take such a strong anti-pet primate stance on this. Any thoughts from actual primate owners?
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Re: National Geographic's Recent Article

Postby Ana » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:05 pm

"Is it OK to have a pet monkey?

No primate species should ever be kept as a pet. They have very special needs.
These are highly social animals. They need to be kept with others of their own kind;
that's just critical to their psychological well-being."

This shows such bias right off the bat, and it defies logic. Humans are also
highly social primates with emotional sensitivity and special needs. The idea that
they are 'better off' in the increasingly shrinking and very dangerous 'wild' seems
almost absurd. They are 'better off' with responsible adults who have the time and
patience and knowledge to give them everything they need. People are more than
comfortable tormenting them in laboratories, I'm not sure how that's acceptable when
rearing them like children is not?

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