The CASC working group has submitted its report regarding the keeping of primates as pets. The working group consisted of CASC members and other participants, and also received evidence from organisations with relevant expertise. The group was unanimous in its condemnation of the keeping of single primates in the home environment, a practice illegal under the Animal Welfare Act, and has put forward recommendations for consideration by government.
Following a meeting with DEFRA, CASC has been asked to gather feedback on the application of the new Animal Activities regulations that came into effect on the 1st October 2018, and provide feedback to DEFRA on its current performance and possible enhancements.
On the 25th October the Government published a call for evidence to assist with the development of legislation relating to the private ownership of Primates. CASC has formed a working group, chaired by Dr Peter Kettlewell, to gather evidence and present clear and concise recommendations to assist with the development of proportionate legislation.
At a meeting on the 18th July, hosted by Lord Trees, attendees were consulted on the way forward for CASC. This resulted in an updated structure for the group and make it even more successful as source of unbiased, fact based advice for Government.