Group warns keeping macaques as pets still illegal

Taipei Times
Apr 10, 2020
By Lai Wen-hsiu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Keeping Formosan rock macaques as pets is illegal and poses an infection and diseae risk, which has not changed despite the species’ removal from the conserved animals list, the Taiwan Macaque Coexistence Promotion Association said last week.

The animals remain protected by the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保護法) regardless of their status on the conservation list, the group said.

They should not be hunted, killed, sold or purchased, or kept as pets, and people who breach the rules face fines of NT$60,000 to NT$300,000, the group said.

Any problems with the monkeys should be reported to an animal protection office or other authority, which would resolve the issue, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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