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Macaque legislation

Legislation related to macaque pet-keeping

The primate pet trade is global and damaging to primate welfare and conservation (see Pet Trade).  Nevertheless, it remains legal in some non-habitat countries (for example, the USA and the UK).  Most countries do not have legislation specific to macaques, but most have legislation about the keeping of primates in general, or of wildlife species protected by national legislation. In many Asian countries, it is theoretically possible to obtain a permit to keep a macaque, but such permits are technically very difficult to obtain, and macaques kept as pets are almost certainly kept illegally. 

The table below is a work in progress and will be updated as more information is obtained.  Countries for which insufficient information is held do not appear.  If you would like to comment or provide the details for your country, please email

Tip: use the filter, sort and search functions at the top of the table to find exactly what you need - or just browse using the scrollbar at the side! Expand a country's "card" and see all the information by clicking on it. 

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