An Indonesian man and his friends tied up two macaques to a motorcycle in Jakarta before stuffing their mouths with cigarettes. The macaques are now dead.
Despite having found the man who posted these horrific photos online, the head of the Natural Resources Conservation Centre in West Kalimantan only issued the abuser a “stern warning” because the centre claimed that there is no evidence that he killed the macaques.
The photos have gone viral, and thousands of Facebook users have expressed anger and sorrow for the animals.
The abuse that animals suffer at human hands is heartbreaking, sickening, and infuriating. Acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser—they are symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance.
Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there—many of them move on to their fellow humans.
Communities must recognize that abuse to any living being is unacceptable and endangers everyone. With that in mind, please be sure to do the following: Urge your local law-enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and schools to take cruelty to animals seriously. Those charged with protecting our communities and animals must send a strong message that violence against any feeling creature—human or nonhuman—is unacceptable.