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Is it legal to own a monkey In India? What are the animals that can be pets in India?
Is it legal to own a monkey In India? “The love for all living creatures is the noblest attribute of man,” said Charles Darwin. Animals have always been good companions for human beings from times immemorial. We have civilizations that have even wild animals as pets. However, multiple reasons like poaching for ornamental and medicinal purposes, illegal trading, etc. have resulted in the extinction of several species, while some are critically endangered.
The following are some of the statutes to be looked into –
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species,
Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Rules made thereunder.
Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Primates, such as monkeys, might be illegal to keep as pets where you live. And if a monkey is legal to own, permits still might be required. Sometimes permit holders are subject to home inspections to ensure proper facilities and care are being provided.
Moreover, homeowner policies might require additional liability coverage, or some insurance companies might cancel your policy altogether if they find out you have a monkey. However, not having insurance puts you at risk if your monkey bites someone.
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