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RSPCA: Shocking moment the marmoset is flushed down the toilet

Vicki Holland of Wordsworth Road, Newport, Gwent, screamed, swore and laughed at the helpless marmoset with video from the 38-year-old phone showing her offering the Class A drug. Other disturbing footage shows the petrified animal that struggles to cling to the walls of a toilet bowl.

Gwent Police officers discovered abuse videos on Holland’s mobile.

She told the RSPCA that she sold the marmoset a week before police executed a warrant at an address in Newport.

The monkey was then found and taken care of by the animal charity.

He is now being looked after by primate experts at Monkey World in Dorset.

The video shows the marmoset hanging on the toilet bowl (Image: RSPCA)


Holland offers cocaine to monkey (Image: RSPCA)

Sophie Daniels, RSPCA Inspector and Alien Species Officer, speaking after the conviction, said: “I was immediately and gravely concerned for the welfare of this marmoset when I saw these disturbing videos.

“Videos from the accused’s phone showed Holland offering marmoset cocaine, while another showed the clearly terrified marmoset in the toilet bowl.

“Holland was screaming, swearing, laughing and at one point in the clip the toilet was flushed, showing the petrified animal struggling to hang on to the side of the bowl.”

An independent vet has confirmed that the marmoset is in needless pain due to the way it was treated.



A golden lion tamarin, also known as the golden marmoset (Image: Marcos del Mazo / LightRocket via Getty Images)


Baby marmoset at exotic animal and wildlife rescue center in the United States (Image: George Rose / Getty Images)

Ms Daniels said: “We would like to thank the Gwent Police for their assistance in this matter, as well as Monkey World who provided a forever home for the marmoset. Fortunately, this monkey is now receiving the care it deserves after abuse. also shocking. “

Marmosets are the most common primates kept as pets.

However, the RSPCA is against primates being pets because it is so difficult for owners to meet their complex needs.

Dr Ros Clubb, Senior Scientific Director of the RSPCA, said: “Unfortunately our inspectors see monkeys locked in bird cages, fed on fast food and sugary drinks, deprived of friends of their kind and suffering from illnesses. as a result of poor care.

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“We are concerned that many are suffering behind closed doors because people do not know how to properly care for these animals.”

Holland was banned from keeping all animals for life and was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence in Newport court on Friday.

She pleaded guilty on November 18 to three offenses under the Animal Protection Act.

The charges included failing to provide an appropriate level of care to a marmoset, causing unnecessary mental suffering to a marmoset, and failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the animal’s needs were met. .


RSPCA opposes use of live animals in bush-tucker trials on ITV (Image: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

Allowing the monkey to be terrified of a dog, offering the monkey an inappropriate substance, and not feeding it properly were statements attached to the third charge.

She was ordered to pay £ 420 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 128.

It is estimated that around 3,000 monkeys are kept as pets in the UK.

There are no restrictions on the keeping of monkeys as pets in England and Wales.

However, a bill is currently under consideration in Parliament which, if passed, will introduce strict licensing.

The conviction came as an RSPCA campaign saw more than 12,000 people email communications regulator Ofcom complaining about the use of live animals on I’m a Celebrity … Get Out me from here!

RSPCA welfare experts say animals such as rats, lizards and snakes are likely to have been put under stress while surrounded by howling celebrities in confined spaces as part of bushtucker trials.

Dr Clubb said: “We continue to call on those behind this program to update, rethink and modernize so that animals are no longer in these situations. The response to our campaign shows that a a lot of people across the UK agree with us. “

ITV insists the show ensures that animal welfare law is followed and that it follows rigorous production practices to ensure animals are handled safely before, during and after the filming.

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