News Media Articles Involving Captive Non-human Primates and Injuries to People
Action for Primates is unreservedly opposed to keeping non-human primates in captivity, especially in private homes. Although a major concern is for the extreme cruelty of this practice, the issue is also one of public health. Non-human primates in captivity regularly attack and injure people because of the psychological damage caused by this incarceration. Below are just a few examples of reports on captive individuals causing injuries to people. Tragically, the non-human primate often ends up being killed for something not their fault, rather the selfish behaviour of people. The 'lesson' learned here should be obvious: government authorities must ban keeping non-human primates in private homes.
The Humane Society of the United States have provided an additional resource, compiling "primate incidents" from 19 July 1990 through 10 July 2013. You can get a copy here.
Promised Land Zoo was given a "critical" evaluation after the USDA's inspection of an enclosure, which was left unlocked and led to the escape of two baboons. One of the animals was recovered, but the other a male fixture at the zoo named Tooki, according to several sources was killed after it bit an employee. The monkey was shot by Promised Land owner Jeff Sanders after it was found in a wooded area of the zoo, according to a police report.
One more example of why non-human primates of any species should not be kept in private homes. Although people may be injured in these situations, the non-human primate almost always 'pays' for the inhumanity of people by being killed.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Scholl says a 10-year-old child was taken to Fort Madison Hospital for a cat bite, but hospital personnel eventually learned the child was bitten by a pet macaque monkey. … Scholl says a younger child provoked the monkey, and the bite occured when the 10-year-old tried to intervene.
2010-11-11: "$6,000 pet monkey escapes, attacks Oneida Castle woman". Jennifer Bogdan. Utica Observer-Dispatch
Columbia authorities are investigating the second monkey attack in less than a year. … A woman, in her early 20s, reported being bitten on the hand by a friend's pet snow monkey, also known as a Japanese macaque.