A total ban on keeping monkeys as pets would be introduced under a Labor government to prevent up to 5,000 primates being kept in cages in the UK.
Labor has announced that it would make it illegal to train or store marmosets, cappuccinos, squirrel monkeys and lemurs, as political parties begin to define their policies with a view to a possible general election this fall.
Animal welfare issues damaged conservatives in the 2017 election, after the party pledged to hold a free vote on the hunt and was criticized for not including a policy on banning trade in hunting. ivory in his poster.
In view of a potential survey this fall, Labor reiterated its commitment to ban the keeping of monkeys, as part of its manifesto on animal welfare that should be published in the coming weeks.
Luke Pollard, the shadow environment minister, said: "It is surprising that it is still completely legal to keep primates as pets, no matter how endangered or dangerous the animal is. Anyone can browse the Internet and buy a primate with little or no checks and inspections.
"We know that primates are very intelligent social animals with complex needs that simply cannot be met in a domestic environment.
"The work will ban people from keeping pets records as part of our plans to bring British animal welfare laws into the 21st century."
According to the work, about 5,000 primates were kept as pets in the UK, but they are highly intelligent animals and not suitable for being kept in captivity.
Current legislation states that pet owners must prevent "unnecessary suffering" and must take "all reasonable measures to meet the needs of their animals", but work has argued that it is difficult to enforce and a violation of its provisions is not a crime.