A Day in the Life of a Monkey in the Chinese Circus Industry

Posted on by Aoife Kilalea

How would you feel if your life consisted of being confined to a tiny cage, chained, beaten, and forced to perform confusing tricks? That’s how monkeys suffer for the sake of entertainment in the circus industry.

A PETA Asia investigator visited 10 of the more than 300 circuses and animal-training facilities in Suzhou, China, and the resulting report will horrify you.

During “training,” monkeys are dragged by a rope or chain around their neck.

 This monkey, named Xiaohua by the investigator, was dragged and yanked around by a rope around her neck.

They grimace, defecate in fear, and struggle desperately to get away from their handlers, but they can’t escape.

Monkey struggles to escape trainer in China circus

When they’re not being forced to perform, monkeys are kept chained inside small, barren cages. They thrash around and pace back and forth, showing clear signs of intense distress.

When not performing, monkeys in China's circuses are caged.

When they’re not being forced to perform, monkeys are kept chained inside small, barren cages. They thrash around and pace back and forth, showing clear signs of intense distress.

Monkeys were chained and caged when not performing in Chinese circus.

They have no choice but to eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate all in one tiny, miserable area.

 These monkeys were chained and caged when not performing in China's circuses.

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