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January 16, 2021 - The Sun (UK)

Inside murky world of Britain’s monkey trade

Inside murky world of Britain’s monkey trade
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SITTING in a tiny bird cage, strewn with faeces, marmoset Clydie is suddenly yanked sideways by the tight leather collar around her neck as her newborn baby is ripped from her back.

Within weeks the adult monkey, who shares her tiny cage with mate Charlie in a living room in Camden, will be pregnant again - her babies torn from her months before they are ready, to be sold on for up to £2,000.

Charlie and Clydie are just two of the estimated 5,000 monkeys kept legally as pets in the UK, where anyone can buy or breed them.

Marmosets are the most commonly held primates while capuchins, squirrel monkeys, lemurs and tamarins are also popular species.

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