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MPs announce new inquiry into primates kept as pets

09 December 2013

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is today launching an inquiry into the keeping of primates as pets and seeks written evidence on the following:

  • The extent of the trade and keeping of primates as pets within the UK;
  • Whether the existing regulatory framework and Code of Practice offer adequate protection for the welfare of primates kept as pets  and are being applied effectively; and
  • Whether people should be allowed to keep primates as pets and, if not, how a ban might be implemented.

Notes on submission of evidence

Written submissions for this inquiry should be submitted via the Keeping primates as pets inquiry page on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website. The deadline for receipt of evidence is Tuesday 14 January 2014.

As a guideline submissions should state clearly who the submission is from e.g. ‘Written evidence submitted by xxxx’ and be no longer than 3000 words, please contact the Committee staff if you wish to discuss this.

Submissions must be a self-contained memorandum in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdfs). Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should, if possible, include an executive summary.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing. The Clerk of the House of Commons is the data controller for the purposes of the Act.

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