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Should monkeys be kept as pets?

16 April 2012 Last updated at 07:32 BST

In Britain it is legal to keep monkeys as pets under license, even though it is banned in other countries and primate experts say it is cruel.

Now, a bill is before the UK parliament calling for a ban.

It is supported by many animal experts but the government insists it is not necessary.

The BBC's Graham Satchell reports.