As the Chinese New Year approaches, people all over the world will be celebrating the Year of the Monkey—the animal who represents 2016. To ring in the Chinese New Year, here’s how you can make a difference for monkeys this year.
Stop Air France From Shipping Monkeys to Laboratories
Air France crams monkeys, who have been taken from their homes in the wild or bred on squalid factory farms, into tiny wooden crates, sometimes in the cargo holds of passenger flights, and flies them to laboratories in the U.S. and the European Union. Once they arrive at their destination, they are imprisoned in laboratories and tormented and infected with painful diseases at the hands of experimenters.
By shipping monkeys for experimentation, Air France is every bit as responsible for the pain, suffering, and death that these animals endure as the experimenters who wield the syringes, drills, and scalpels. Air France is the only major airline in the world that still ships primates to laboratories.
Please speak up for the monkeys who are still suffering in the primate trade. Take a minute of your time to urge Air France officials to join other airlines and adopt a formal policy against the transportation of nonhuman primates for use in experiments.
Speak Up for Monkeys Forced to Perform
Animal abuse is rampant in Thailand, but recent photos that came out in the U.K.’s Express newspaper are horrific enough to leave decent people reeling—and booking future trips elsewhere.
All over Asia, animals are taken from their homes in the wild and placed into captivity, in which they are deprived of the opportunity to satisfy their fundamental needs. In circuses, animals do not choose to perform tricks—they perform because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t. A PETA investigation found critically endangered orangutans forced to perform in confusing and humiliating boxing matches and stage shows in Thailand. In South Korea, monkeys are dressed in costumes and forced to perform degrading tricks for crowds. These kinds of spectacles make a mockery of these intelligent and sensitive animals.
Animals in circuses are beaten, shocked, and whipped so that they will perform tricks that make no sense to them. To make some animals “manageable,” trainers may drug them or remove their teeth and claws, causing acute and chronic pain.
You can help by never patronizing any animal “attraction.” Every ticket purchased supports a cruel industry. Take your friends and family to see only animal-free circuses. If an animal circus comes to town, organize a demonstration to get the word out.
Say ‘No’ to Monkeys Behind Bars
Captivity quickly drives all animals insane. Locked away from their natural habitat, without any freedom, animals develop “zoochosis,” a condition in which they exhibit neurotic and abnormal behavior, including incessant pacing, rocking, or swaying in an effort to cope with their artificial prison environment.
Zoos don’t foster respect for animals. Study after study has shown that most visitors to zoos spend only a few minutes—sometimes, just seconds—at each display and walk away having learned little or nothing about the animals.
Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo is notorious for keeping animals in severely crowded, filthy, and inadequate enclosures. In addition, many animals have died or gone missing at the decrepit facility. The most recent death that made headlines was in 2014, when it was reported that a lion had been found strangled by a wire in his cage. You can write to Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry to ask for the animals to be transferred to sanctuaries.
The Pata Zoo, on the sixth and seventh floors of Bangkok’s Pata department store, houses 200 animals—including monkeys, tigers, leopards, and bears—in an area that’s only 800 square meters, a prison for animals. The monkeys at the Pata Zoo endure sad and lonely lives. They are relegated to a concrete enclosure for life, without having so much as a twig (let alone a tree) to break the monotony. Please urge Thailand officials to close the zoo.
The best thing that you can do to help monkeys and all other animals in zoos is never to support such a cruel institution. Zoos will be forced to stop breeding and capturing more animals from the wild if their financial support disappears.