Monkeys and other primates are only permitted to be held in California by certified individuals who have been awarded a permit for a specified lawful reason, such as teaching monkeys to participate in film and television productions or for use in medical research.
The possession of a legal non-human primate is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and one year in jail. There is an exception under the California Fish and Game Code for persons who possess a legal non-human primate as a pet. The Legislature has determined that the ownership of a pet monkey is not prohibited by law.
You do not need to obtain special permits or licenses to own pets in California. However, certain animals are prohibited from being sold in pet stores or traded with other people. These include elephants, lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, and pumas.
Illegal pet trade activity in California involves thousands of animals every year. To reduce this problem, our laws prohibit the sale of these species as pets. If you see an animal on the street that may be involved in the illegal pet trade, please call your local police department or animal control office to report it.
Mally, Justin Bieber's former pet Capuchin monkey, is well-known to many of us.
In addition, anyone who wants to own a capuchin monkey must meet certain requirements. The owner cannot sell the animal or give it away without first getting permission from the department. The owner also has to provide suitable housing and ensure that the capuchin has adequate food and water. If the owner fails to do this, then the capuchin can be taken away and placed in a sanctuary or zoo.
Capuchins are popular in the media and among the public because of their playful behaviors. They often hang out in groups around humans and love to be involved in activities such as riding bikes, walking, or taking walks. Although they don't speak human language, they can be trained to perform certain tasks such as pushing buttons or turning wheels.
Due to their small size and simple needs, owning a capuchin doesn't require a lot of time or effort. However, there are restrictions on where they can be kept and what they can be used for so it's important to follow all regulations.
All gorillas, chimps, orangutans, bonobos, and gibbons are considered "wildlife" in California and must be strictly controlled by the state for their own health and welfare as well as public safety. In general, it is unlawful in California to import, own, or sell apes for use as pets. There are some exceptions: scientists may possess certain primates in the course of their work; zoos may have up to five living apes from one species; and federal law allows the importation of foreign-bred apes if they are going into captivity.
Golden snub-nosed monkeys are found in central and south America. They are also called white-faced capuchins because of their pale faces. These monkeys are becoming increasingly rare due to deforestation for farmland. There are only an estimated 5,000 golden snub-nosed monkeys in the wild today. It is illegal to capture or trade these animals because of this threat to their existence.
Monkeys can be aggressive toward people who not give them proper space and are able to climb trees well for escape purposes. Because of this, keeping monkeys as pets makes their confinement and isolation from other monkeys and humans stressful and therefore harmful for their well-being.
Also, monkeys cannot be kept as pets without being exposed to various diseases that they may carry. For example, monkeys are susceptible to several types of cancer such as kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department now considers all monkeys to be restricted species. Prior to receiving any permit, you must obtain written clearance from Arizona Game and Fish with either a tattoo or a microchip, with the identity clearly specified on the CVI. They will not issue permits for monkeys under six months old.
Citing public safety concerns, the department also no longer issues permits for primates in captivity. This includes all types of monkeys, including rhesus, black-and-white, and green-tailed. Previously, hunters were allowed to import up to three non-human primates per year for scientific research purposes only.
You cannot possess a monkey in Arizona without a license. Even if the animal is imported legally, anyone found in violation of this law could face fines of up to $5,000 and one year in jail.
It is important to note that importing any type of monkey into the state requires a CITES permit. For more information about CITES, visit www.fws.gov/cites.
Monkeys are intelligent animals that deserve to be free. If you intend to keep a monkey as a pet, it should be licensed and registered in your name. You should also ensure that any enclosure you choose to house your pet in is large enough for it to move around in and exercise its limbs.
Some states have not outright prohibited the keeping of monkeys as pets. These states have some sort of rule or limitation that persons who want to keep monkeys as pets must follow. Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee all have partial restrictions on monkey possession as of this writing (2012).
In Arizona, it is illegal to possess any type of monkey without a license. License fees vary depending on the type of monkey and how it is being possessed. There are three types of licenses required by law in Arizona to possess a monkey: a $10 permit for each living monkey over 3 months old, a $50 license for dead monkeys, and a $500 license for parts of primates. Monkey dealers must register with the state and show proof of rabies vaccination before they can sell a monkey. The person selling the monkey cannot be its owner; instead, they must be in charge of someone who is at least 18 years old.
In Indiana, it is illegal to own a non-human primate such as a monkey or ape. However, this law allows for the ownership of these animals by institutions such as zoos or research facilities. It is also allowed if the animal is owned by someone who resides outside of Indiana but works in the state and has their own residence more than 50 miles away from where they work.