Shocking truth of how monkeys are tortured for “entertainment” in Indonesia | Please take action
1. Please click on and sign Stop the Torture of Macaque Monkeys in Jakarta
Fear and pain etched across his face, a little monkey cries out as he grabs helplessly at a metal chain biting into his neck.
As he lets out a high-pitched scream a gang of men force him to stand up straight, laughing as they tighten the chain.
It is just one of a series of shocking images of the hell the monkeys endure in the slums of Jakarta in Indonesia, where they are forced to walk upright and wear costumes… all in the name of entertainment.
A Sunday Mirror investigation discovered the monkeys are also made to wear masks, hats and glasses to catch the eye of passing tourists.
If a visitor stops, the monkey is ordered by its owner to walk on his hands, sit on toy rocking horses or ride bicycles in the hope the tourist will hand over some loose change.
Other creatures are forced to simply beg. On one Jakarta street a monkey was found wearing a doll’s head mask, her suckling infant clinging to her as she begged for money at the side of a busy road.
The disturbing images were passed to us by the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, which went undercover to expose the cruelty the monkeys endure.
Their torment starts deep in the forests of Sumatra where the macaques, an endangered species of monkey, live.
Teams of poachers use sickening methods to trap them. The most popular one is to shoot the mother and then prise the clinging baby off her.
Baby macaques are preferred as they have a longer life as performers. The poachers are paid £2 for each monkey by dealers, who sell them on to street “entertainers” in Jakarta for £5 each.
It’s here the torture really begins. The monkeys are hung upside down so they learn how to walk upright. Chains are then clamped around their necks and they have to stand up straight or be punished.
The monkeys are starved and only fed when they obey to make sure they learn quickly. The highly-social primates are forced to live inside cramped wooden crates and can’t interact with each other, leading them to become deeply disturbed.
After being “trained” they are taken to tourist spots to “work”. Our revelations will put pressure on the Indonesian authorities to take action. But the illegal animal trade is a multi-million-dollar business. Femke Den Haas of JAAN said: “It is pitiful to watch how these monkeys dragged from the wild are tortured and condemned to a life of hell.”
Sarah Kite, of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, said: “Indonesia must act now.”
RELATED | BBC News Indonesia animal trade under pressure from campaigners
Click on each to enlarge | All photos courtesy of Jakarta Animal Aid Network
WHERE TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE
1. Click to locate the Indonesian Embassy in Your Country
Please note spelling differentiations: USA is Amerika Serikat, Canada is Kanada, France is Perancis, etc.
The USA embassy email is invalid, please send your message via the online webform HERE.
2. Fauzi Bow, Jakarta Governor: webform HERE
Please note, you must leave NO SPACES between your first and last name in order to submit the message. For example, JaneSmith or JohnSmith. Translations below.
Semua pesan yang Anda tulis disini kirim ke Database Bangfauzi.com. Semua pesan yang Anda tulis disini akan kami respon secepatnya. Terimakasih.
Translation: All messages that you have written here send to Database Bangfauzi.com. All the messages you write here will be our immediate response. Thank you.
Masukkan kode di samping in
Translation: Enter the code
If successful, you’ll receive Email Anda telah terkirim. Terima kasih telah menghubungi kami. Kami akan segera merespon email Anda.
Translation: Your email has been sent. Thank you for contacting us. We will promptly respond to your email.
SAMPLE MESSAGE | please modify and shorten
To Whom It Concerns,
I am shocked to learn of the cruelty inflicted on monkeys in Jakarta for Topeng Monyet, or dancing monkeys, as detailed in the Mirror, and I am writing to request that you cease this practice immediately. These juvenile monkeys, wild macaques, who are captured and stolen from their natural homes and families, are subjected to appalling routines in busy marketplaces and traffic to entertain humans, forced to wear ridiculous costumes, and made to endure dangerous environments while performing circus-like tricks. This practice is actually an illegal activity as established by Surat Keputusan; such a gross violation should be of paramount concern.
Regardless of euphemistic descriptions meant to disguise exploitation, this practice is indeed unethical, the animals being intentionally subjected to dangerous conditions in dirty, artificial, and polluted surroundings where risk of injury and fatality is high. Although you may find the lives of these monkeys as immaterial and therefore expendable, you should understand they value their own lives and possess the capacity to experience trauma, fear, and suffering.
This type of exploitation is unnecessary, unjustified, and unprincipled, its only function to egotistically benefit those who pursue profit at the expense of integrity. Animals have rights to live free from pain and suffering regardless of any objections to acknowledge such, and as long as Indonesia promotes the commodification of animals, complicit in their exploitation, I will boycott Indonesia and all associated exports. It is important to recognize that consumers and tourists are increasingly rejecting those locations that are complicit in the suffering and unnecessary treatment of animals by shifting their loyalties to those destinations that do not participate in the exploitation of animals.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this important message.
entertain rhymes with pain
but so does insane:(
humans are the planet’s
Karen Lyons Kalmenson