Forbid the Entrapment of Wild Monkeys as Pets

Target: The Honorary Pravind Kumar Jugnauth MP Esq., Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius

Goal: Institute law against keeping wild monkeys, whose needs cannot be met in captivity, as pets.

Wild monkeys in Mauritus can legally be stolen from their rainforest homes and made to live out their lives in captivity as pets, where it is virtually impossible to meet all of their needs. Recently 24 macaques were rescued and returned to their Indonesian rainforest home by International Animal Rescue, after they were surrendered or abandoned by owners who discovered they could not care for the animals. However, countless more remain imprisoned as pets in Mauritius, and monkeys in the wild are at risk of meeting the same fate.

Macaques are extremely intelligent and social animals. They require an environment as complex as they are in order to lead healthy lives, including a unique diet and the company of a community of other monkeys. Even the most well intentioned pet owner would be ill-equipped to meet these needs, and most macaques who are rescued from captivity show signs of severe psychological damage. They are often confined to cages and tied up around the waist when kept in domestic environments, which is torture for these active and intelligent creatures. Sign below to demand that it be made illegal to capture wild monkeys from their homes in the wild to keep them as pets.


Dear Prime Minister Jugnauth,

A law banning people from keeping wild animals as domestic pets—especially monkeys like macaques, who absolutely cannot thrive in captivity—is crucial and must be put in place in Mauritius. Allowing these animals to be captured from their homes in the wild and confined as pets for the rest of their lives is cruel and inhumane, and it must be stopped.

Macaques are intelligent and social animals who should not be made to live in cages or tied up around the waist. No matter how well a human owner might care for a monkey, that owner cannot provide the social interaction, complex environment, or freedom macaques need, and the vast majority of macaques rescued from domestic situations show signs of severe psychological distress. I urge you to stop allowing the capture and ‘domestication’ of wild monkeys as pets by immediately introducing legislation to forbid it.


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Photo Credit: Einar Fredriksen

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  2. Your ignorant country needs to wake up. Leave these beautiful creatures where they belong; in their natural habitat.

    Your country is vile to animals; you participate in the barbaric festival of sacrifice, which is no festival; it shows how cruel & ignorant your country is.

    Show some morals, if you have any. Leave the animals where they belong. SHAME N YOU

  3. Gillian Miller says:

    This is a Muslim controlled country and Muslims have no interest in human rights let alone animal welfare. Mauritius still has many slaves which they refuse to free. Their zoos are for entertainment and their welfare is totally ignored. This is Islam, and they have no interest in our opinions. It is also a country where tourists are raped and nothing happens to the rapist. We can but try but don’t hold your breath.

    By the way, the truth does not make me an Islamophobe, I have a rational fear of Islam.

  4. Sick country and VERY SICK PEOPLES !!!

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    monkeys are not yours.

  6. Humans domesticated dogs and cats, but have been treating them rather poorly – no more victims should be added.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

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