Not everyone is thrilled about Nakhuda's new pets. Camille Labchuk, of the group Animal Justice Canada, says the story highlights the need for more uniform regulation against owning exotic animals:
"Ontario urgently needs consistent, province-wide laws for the keeping and sale of exotic pets. Municipalities have been forced to pick up the slack, and the result is an inconsistent patchwork of bylaws that allows private pet collectors to keep primates and other dangerous animals in many areas."
While history has shown keeping primates in a domestic setting can endanger the lives of their owners and others' safety, experts say the practice also comes at the expense of the animals' well being.
"If you try to keep them as pets you're creating a mentally disturbed animal in 99.9 percent of the cases," veterinarian Kevin Wright told the National Geographic. "The animal will never be able to fit in any other home. Never learn how to get along with other monkeys. And, more often than not, will end up with a lot of behavioral traits that are self-destructive."