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Pet Monkey Legal States 2024

Pet Monkey Legal States 2024

Monkeys don’t tend to make the best pets. Don’t get us wrong, they are cute and everything, but they don’t settle into domesticated life as well as your usual cat or dog. Some states agree and go as far as banning owning primates whatsoever. Others either simply restrict ownership or allow it completely.

State Laws on Pet Monkeys

While there is no federal regulation on primate ownership, each state really does its own thing. You have states like Arizona that don’t regulate monkey ownership at all and others, like West Virginia, that ban very specific kinds of monkeys.

What States Have Restrictions on Pet Monkeys?

Although some states do not regulate monkeys as pets, some states have restrictions surrounding these animals. While a pet monkey is not outright banned, some rules cover the breed of monkey people are allowed to keep. Arizona, Mississippi, Indiana, and Tennessee have partial restrictions making it illegal to keep an ape as a pet, but not monkeys. In Tennessee, monkeys are allowed except for apes and baboons.

Connecticut has a grandfathering system for any monkeys owned before 10/1/2010 but is no longer allowing permits to be issued. In Illinois, residents are only able to own a capuchin monkey if they have severe or permanent motor disabilities. Every other form of private ownership is banned.

Apes are not permitted in Arizona, and in Indiana, you can have apes, baboons, and monkeys alike but require a special exotic animal permit. In Mississippi, all types of pet monkeys are allowed except macaques, baboons, and apes. Wisconsin, Florida, and Texas have detailed restrictions surrounding certain breeds and monkey species. Before considering a monkey as a pet, it is best to consult your local laws and regulations surrounding pet monkeys.

What Should I Know About Pet Monkeys?

If you live in a state where pet monkeys are legal or restricted with the proper permits, it is essential to understand that monkeys are wild animals, no matter how tame they may seem.

In general, monkeys do not make good pets because:

  • They don’t take well to strangers.
  • They require a lot of social interaction.
  • They need a large, secure enclosure to prevent escapes.
  • When bored, they tend to become mischievous and destructive.
  • They can’t be fully domesticated, especially once they reach sexual maturity.
  • Puberty will change their behavior drastically.
  • Owners almost always need to purchase insurance for bites.

It follows that these animals require special care. Also, states that allow monkeys may have detailed wellness checks, lengthy applications, and costly fees and fines needed to keep a monkey as a pet legally.

Some states also require a minimum age to adopt a monkey or have a designated number of volunteer hours working alongside monkeys to qualify for keeping one as a pet.

Other restrictions surround the type of habitat, enclosure, and environment you can provide for your pet monkey, with minimal square footage and space required for a healthy and thriving pet monkey.

Pet Monkey Legal States 2024

- Pet legality laws can change at any time, and county or municipal restrictions may exist even in states in which a particular pet is permitted at the state level. Prospective owners are advised to always confirm legality with local officials before adopting a pet.

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State
Pet Monkey Legality
ArizonaYes
ArkansasYes
ConnecticutYes
FloridaYes
KansasYes
MinnesotaYes
MissouriYes
NebraskaYes
North CarolinaYes
South CarolinaYes
TexasYes
West VirginiaYes
WisconsinYes
AlabamaPermit Required
DelawarePermit Required
IndianaPermit Required
MichiganPermit Required
MississippiPermit Required
NevadaPermit Required
North DakotaPermit Required
OklahomaPermit Required
South DakotaPermit Required
TennesseePermit Required
VirginiaPermit Required
WyomingPermit Required
AlaskaNo
CaliforniaNo
ColoradoNo
GeorgiaNo
HawaiiNo
IdahoNo
IllinoisNo
IowaNo
KentuckyNo
LouisianaNo
MaineNo
MarylandNo
MassachusettsNo
MontanaNo
New HampshireNo
New JerseyNo
New MexicoNo
New YorkNo
OhioNo
OregonNo
PennsylvaniaNo
Rhode IslandNo
UtahNo
VermontNo
WashingtonNo
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Pet Monkey Legal States 2024

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