Recent reports from scientific research teams reveal threats to wild populations of small primates in Asia. Deborah Morse responds by highlighting the importance of responsible breeding and ownership to prevent against illicit exotic pet trade.
As the founder of licensed breeding facility Exotic Pets and More Inc., Deborah Morse has found that small primates can prove an exceptional pet for those who are able to care for them responsibly. While professionals, such as Morse, strive to provide a secure and legal way for zoos, breeders and private owners to adopt exotic animals—including small primates—many are drawn to acquiring these animals from illicit traders. Not only is the trade of endangered or exotic wildlife often illegal, but according to a recent report in The New York Times, it could harm the chances of a species’ survival.
The New York Times article reveals, “Local, regional and international commercial trade in wildlife is one of the most important threats—if not the most important—to the survival of many species in Asia. Indeed, trade in wildlife is the third most profitable illicit industry in the world, behind narcotics and human trafficking.”
Specifically, the article observes the illegal capture and trade of slow lorises, a small primate that has a threatened existence in nature. The article observes, “Rangers have [said\ that slow lorises in this region might be killed, dried, ground up and mixed with rice wine or honey and used to treat stomach disease. This is very similar to what other researchers have reported in Cambodia...By contrast, in northern and central Vietnam, it is more common to keep slow lorises as pets rather than using them in traditional medicine.” More....