Monkeys are only available for adoption from exotic dealers; however, there are many rules and regulations regarding monkey ownership. For example, monkeys are not allowed to be brought over from overseas regardless of whether the monkeys previously lived in the United States or not, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Another important regulation is that 30 of the 50 states have made it illegal to own a pet monkey. Of the remaining 20 states, 13 of them have additional regulations that require pet monkey owners to have permits. Without a permit, owning a monkey is illegal in these states.
One concern with adopting a monkey is that monkeys are great carriers for infectious diseases that can easily pass between the monkey and the owner. These include Salmonella, Shigella, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Ebola according to the CDC. By keeping a monkey as a pet, people expose themselves to these diseases as well as their family and friends.
Another concern is that monkeys are exotic animals and truly belong in the wild. Regardless of the quality of care and attention that they receive, the monkeys will never truly be as happy as they would be in the wild where they belong. Keeping a monkey is thought of as cruel by most animal advocates.