Australia’s SBS channel has just aired an exposé on the suffering that monkeys endure in Jakarta, Indonesia, while performing for people’s entertainment. The exposé also features the hard work that the Jakarta Animal Aid Network is doing to help end this cruel practice.
Most of the monkeys used for this exploitive industry are macaque monkeys who were stolen from their families as babies, and those who are bred in captivity have a high mortality rate.
Monkeys are highly intelligent and social creatures. When they are held in captivity, they experience high levels of stress because of their unfamiliar surroundings. Many of the monkeys who are used for entertainment in Jakarta retaliate and are known to bite people and attempt to escape at any given chance. These monkeys are often forced to stand up straight for hours at a time; are made to wear masks and doll clothing on the streets, where they are used for begging; and are caged in small pens when they are not performing.
Posted by Rochelle Regodon