Why NOT TO BUY a slow loris?

  1. Slow lorises are poisonous animals! On inner sides of their elbows they have glands producing liquid, yellowish and odorous secretion. This secretion contains a toxin which is activated into a poison after it mixes with saliva. That makes slow lorises the only poisonous primates in the world. They use it to protect themselves and their youngs. This poison is dangerous also for humans! A bite from a slow loris is very painful and the wound heals very poorly. There have been cases when a slow loris bite even caused death!
  2. Buying or selling slow lorises is illegal. All slow loris species have been listed since 2007 in Appenix I of CITES convention. Therefore, trade in wild slow lorises is internationally illegal. The situation is similar in most of the countries where the slow loris species naturally occur. For instance in Indonesia trading in slow lorises or keeping them can be punished by imprisonment for up to 5 years and by a fine of 100,000,000 IRP or 10,000 USD.
  3. Traders cruelly pull the slow loris teeth. Before slow lorises get to their new owners, traders very often pull or tear their teeth without any anesthesia. That often leads to infections sometimes causing death of the animals. The sellers do so to prevent the animals from biting their new owners and to make them more manipulable and „suitable“ house pets. If the slow lorises with removed teeth survive, they are condemned to spend the rest of their life in captivity as they will never be able to be released back into the wild.
  4. Smuggling is usually survived by only a low percentage of slow lorises. Due to their higher price youngs use to be taken from their mothers immediately after their trapping and they often die during transport. Slow lorises use to be transported in terrible conditions, in overfull and poorly ventilated containers, plastic bottles etc. Due to the stress during the transport around 30-90 % of individuals die. Living animals are often found next to dead bodies of others.
  5. Slow lorises on markets and in households really suffer. Slow lorises are nocturnal primates, noise and daylight is very stressful for them. In the wild they travel long distances at night in search for food, thus they suffer a lot when being kept for days in small cages. In the wild they eat wide spectrum of food that is hardly replaceable in captivity. Due to poor and monotonous diet provided by traders and new owners they often suffer from nutritional problems.