TRADING standards officers are set to save a Macaque monkey heading for Britain’s biggest port.

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Officers were alerted to the stowaway by Maersk Shipping crew members after they found the animal on board shortly after setting off on their journey 18 days ago.

Under UK rabies rules, monkeys are only permitted to be imported at specified airports requiring an import licence and six months’ quarantine.

The Port of Felixstowe is not approved to import animals and as such bringing an animal ashore would be classed as an offence.

However, in view of the circumstances, Suffolk Trading Standards has been working with the Animal Health Agency and Border Force to allow the monkey to be transported from Felixstowe to the Ape and Monkey sanctuary at Caehopkin, South Wales.

Peter Korwin, principal trading standards officer, said: “Trading Standards play a very important role in animal disease control, which helps protect both public and animal health.

“We commend the ship’s crew for their quick-thinking in securing this Macaque monkey and for alerting the authorities.

“When incidents are reported to us which pose a potential animal disease risk, we will always treat them as a matter of very high importance.”

9 comments

  • good old England. we come to the rescue ,no matter what it costs. a sign of a great nation is that

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    barry chark

    Monday, June 13, 2011

  • At the end of the day these so-called "circumstances" show that the regulations about importing animals can be waived on a whim. If there is a risk of rabies, there is a risk of rabies. Transporting a monkey across the width of the country "just because it's there" exposes these so-called rules as a bit of a sham. Or, as my friend Mandy would say, "dude, that's bogus"

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    martha farquhar

    Monday, June 13, 2011

  • @Fat Lady Sings: At the end of the day, if they can decide to waive the so-called rules, it is a "whim" (IE they have rules but decide to ignore them). And 18 days for so-called "risk assessment" is rubbish. Or 3 months in quarantine for ordinary people with normal animals (or 6 months for a monkey) is rubbish. Which is it? Or at the end of the day would you like it both ways?

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    martha farquhar

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

  • I think you'll find it came from Hartlepool. Great Great Great Grandson of the Famous Spy.?

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    terence wright

    Monday, June 13, 2011

  • I think most people would see this as a judicious and sensible use of discretion.

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    Derek Debbett

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

  • How can lengthy discussions between Trading Standards, The Port of Felixstowe, Animal Health and Border Force be considered a "whim". The animal was identified 18 days ago, a period out at sea where it was confined and could be observered for signs of disease. Its about risk assessment Martha. Also the animal in question would certainly be transported safely across the country, not in an open top bus allowing contact with native species for heaven sake. It doesnt expose the rules as a sham, it exposes that where the circumstances are right then the rules are flexible enough to allow handling of animals in the best possible circumstances. Well done to all involved in making a sensible decision.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

  • Only a few years ago it would probably been shot. Surely this is a better outcome all round - the monkey gets to live, the paper gets a story and we all get to comment on stuff we are completely unqualified to understand.....

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    Suffolk Boy

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

  • Surely there was enough material on board to build it a little raft and fit it with a sail so that the wind and tide could return it to its homeland? Once it realises the UK provides free bananas and lodgings etc we`ll be inundated with Macaque stowaways.

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    Supernova6

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

  • The poor little fellow had obviously heard about the great Monkey sanctuarys here in the UK and wanted a better life for himself.

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    T B

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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