I am Dr. Liz Tyson. I run one of the largest primate sanctuaries in the U.S. and I am working to stop the cruel and dangerous pet trade in monkeys and other primates. Ask me anything!
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Hi Reddit, I am here today to talk about the cruel pet trade in monkeys and other nonhuman primates. There are some 15,000 primates kept as pets in U.S. homes.
In my role as director of one of the largest primate sanctuaries in the U.S., I have seen the devastating impact life as a pet has on these animals. I have also rescued animals from this cruelty, including two monkeys who came to the sanctuary from pet situations in the past two months.
In addition to saving individual animals, Born Free USA is also working on a legislative solution to the primate pet trade and on changing the conversation about pet primate social media 'influencers'.
Here is my proof - https://bit.ly/3i7tqM1