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PETA put the Kardashians on blast for playing with monkeys on their Instagram

The drama continues.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER Kardashian scandal.

Kim and Kourtney are katching (sorry) some heat for videoing themselves playing with monkeys from animal rights group PETA.

According to the Daily Mail, the duo were at their 83-year-old grandma, Mary Jo’s house, where Kim, 37, filmed herself with the marmoset monkeys on her shoulders, saying: “They’re licking me”. In Kourtney’s video, one monkey can be seen kissing her on the lips.

It has not been confirmed where the monkeys permanently reside. (It’s illegal to own pet monkeys in California, though it’s possible to apply for a restricted species permit via the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.)


“Most primates, in general, are very social, and to separate them from their social group setting is irresponsible and cruel,” Rutgers professor and evolutionary ecologist Dr. Erin Vogel told

Celebrities should spend more time promoting the conservation of the endangered habitats of these animals instead of taking ‘cute’ pictures or videos for Instagram. It is appalling.”

Vogel was joined by three other animal behavior experts who spoke with and condemned the Kardashians for promoting irresponsible, illegal pets.

PETA told the Daily Mail that marmosets naturally live in the trees, and don’t do well without their “large, tight-knit social groups.” A bit like myself, so.

Neither Kardashian has responded publicly to the controversy.

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