Did you know that December 14 is international monkey day? This delightful holiday to honor everyoneaEUR(TM)s favorite simians was invented by two Michigan State art students in 2000.
Suggestions for how to celebrate
this holiday include donating to conservation efforts or reading to children about monkeys.
Of course, here at the Triple-I, the holiday naturally got us thinking about people who keep monkeys and other exotic and unusual pets, and the insurance implications.
According to several sources we consulted
, keeping monkeys as pets is never a good idea. Keeping a monkey as a pet is cruel to the animal, is illegal in many jurisdiction
s, and may result in serious and even deadly
injuries to humans.
Nevertheless, according to one animal advocacy group
, about 15,000 primates are kept as pets in the U.S., and the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates
that 1 in 10 American households has an exotic pet (defined as any animal native to a foreign country).
Injuries caused by pets, if they are covered by insurance, would be covered under a comprehensive homeowners insurance policy. However itaEUR(TM)s important to read your policy and see exactly whataEUR(TM)s covered. If youaEUR(TM)re not sure, speak to your insurance agent. You should expect to pay more for coverage and carry higher liability limits
if you legally own exotic animals. And homeowners insurance also frequently excludes any physical damage
caused by pets.
Exotic animals can require expensive veterinary treatments. While pet health insurance is becoming increasingly available
and affordable, many insurers cover a restricted list of species. Pet Assure
, a discount program available through some employers, is accepted for many kinds of animals.