Koh Samui — Armed with recently obtained video footage of Samui Monkey Center showing severe cases of animal neglect and suffering, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent an urgent letter to Thunya Netithamkul, director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, calling on him to shut the facility down.
The video shows distressed monkeys running in circles on short chains, birds unable to spread their wings in tiny cages, crocodiles languishing in a dry, dirty enclosure, a bear lying motionless behind bars, and more—and in addition to its abysmal conditions, the center is also illegally keeping animals without the proper permits, putting it in violation of the law.
“The Samui Monkey Center is a real-life house of horrors for the animals imprisoned inside its decrepit cages,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA is calling on officials to close this dystopic hellhole down and transfer the animals to reputable sanctuaries, where they can finally have the lives they deserve.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes in its letter that the abysmal facility tarnishes the image of Thai tourism as provinces prepare to reopen to international visitors.