Sheryll Murray MP joined the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Minister George Eustice MP at the Looe Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary this week. The visit was so the Minister, who is in charge of animal welfare, could come and hear first hand the often harrowing stories of the monkeys who have all been rescued and are not able to return to the wild.
Sheryll and George were given a tour by Director of the sanctuary Rachel Hevesi who works as a consultant, speaking and writing about monkeys and their welfare, conservation, behaviour and associated issues, with over 25 years’ experience working with primates in the UK and South America. She is a specialist in captive care and rehabilitation with a particular interest in woolly monkeys.
Sheryll explained, “I have campaigned since becoming an MP in 2010 to end the keeping of these intelligent and sociable animals as pets. It is great to have a Minister who is showing such a genuine interest in the subject and I will continue to push for action over this important issue.”