Chimpanzees-the non-human primates famous for their thrilling performances in circus are being kept as pets from years .In U.S, however, it is legal to keep chimpanzees as pets. Although on the verge of getting endangered, approximately more than 700 chimps in U.S are carried as pets.
The chimpanzees serving the source of entertainment are the ones that are kept aloof from their mothers, forced to spend their infancy without maternal care. This nurturing deprivation has given rise to psychosocial problems in chimpanzees in adulthood.
According to Animal Equality, 18 out of 24 chimps residing in Schwaben Park in Germany are taken away from their mothers within the first day of birth. The baby chimpanzees are separated for training, even though the practice is highly degraded due to lasting emotional effects on mother and their infants, still the system works on caging chimpanzees as performers, exploiting them to do irrelevant tricks to entertain the spectators.
A research recently published in the Journal Peer J. reported long term effects on a baby chimpanzee after disconnecting the bond from his mother in early life. The study included 60 chimpanzees dwelling in different zoos across the North America,out of which 35 with a history of being former pets or performers. The time frame the researches took to conclude the data was 14 months. This year long analysis was done by investigators of Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Steve Ross, director of the Fisher Centre for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo told in a separate statement that the study reveals the impact of humans exposure on chimpanzees,who were kept as pets. He further explained that chimpanzees starting their lives with unusual beginning are more prone to develop social deficiencies in later life. Because they were forced to dwell with humans during early stages of life, they lack interaction with their own species, depicting behavior that can be dangerous and difficult to control at times.
Ross further expressed his thought by saying that chimpanzees should be forbidden to keep as pets, the rebuttal in building a social and emotional relationship between a mother and her new born chimpanzee can leave a life-long psychological effect on the deprived baby. Even those chimpanzees are provided with the best care as infants and adults, they cannot fit in with the other members of their species.