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What Darwin the IKEA monkey and the Museum of Natural History can teach us about Illegal Killer Trade.

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he kids at the Illegal Killer Trade exhibit might think twice about adopting an exotic pet.
  • he kids at the Illegal Killer Trade exhibit might think twice about adopting an exotic pet.

If there's one thing Darwin, the escaped pet monkey in a shearling coat at the Toronto IKEA, taught us this week—besides, dang, I need to up my style game—it's that some stuff just doesn't belong up here in the great north. The owner was fined and Darwin is headed for a primate sanctuary, but the story raises some questions, like how'd she get her hands on Darwin in the first place? Why was it so easy? Isn't it wrong? Those are questions that the Museum of Natural History's exhibit Illegal Killer Trade, presented by the Sherbrooke Museum, can answer. It explores problems that arise from the booming exotic pet industry, growing market for endangered animal products and how treating the planet like your own personal strip mall isn't good for anyone. With interactive scenarios and plenty of seized and donated items—it'll make anyone think twice about buying a pet monkey, that's for sure.


Illegal Killer Trade
To Jan 13, Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer Street, 424-7353

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