In many UK cities, the easiest way to find a monkey to purchase as a pet is to look in the online or paper classified advertisements. Private breeders sell a variety of monkey breeds in this way as many types of monkeys are allowed as pets in the United Kingdom.
According to estimates by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), there are potentially more than 9,000 monkeys kept as household pets in the UK. Some of these are sold to the public by pet shops, others are sold by private breeders in the country. According to a journalist at The Guardian Newspaper, some zoos sell excess babies from their breeding pods to members of the public, even offering a layaway service for them.
Although keeping monkeys as pets is popular, it is not recommended. The level of care required for most monkeys is too high for many people to manage, and the wild animals suffer greatly if they are not given the right type of environment in which to thrive. Many veterinarians in the UK are not qualified to care for the animals if they get sick, making it difficult to keep the animals healthy and happy.