Stopping the Monkey Performing Trade in Indonesia
A tiny monkey performs at the polluted intersection of a busy road and moves onto a narrow lane to perform among dozens of mothers and children. It has a long chain around its neck which is being yanked constantly back and forth to force this baby macaque, which has endured excruciating sessions of training, to clench a grotesque dolls face mask between its teeth and perform on a small bicycle, with a guitar, praying on a prayer mat and even to stumble about on these tall stilts.
The cruelty of the training is unimaginable especially when you realize this baby has been taken from its mother way too young.
Later when it becomes rebellious, its reward for all this hard work and torture is to be sold off, dumped or killed.
People see the cute monkey and children try to get close to it, not realizing the dangers of disease (Rabies, TB, Hepatitis) that could pass on to them and spread to the community at large. They don't realize the hours that the baby monkey was strung up by its neck and made to stand on tippy toes to train it to stand upright for long periods of time.
They just laugh and throw some coins at the trainer and after 10 minutes of performing, the monkey gets put into a tiny wooden box on the back of the bicycle, and he moves on down the road to the next busy intersection or village lane.
Animal Aid Abroad supports Animal Friends Jogjakarta to bring an end to the exploitation of these monkeys for entertainment and support their monkey rehabilitation program so rescued monkeys from the entertainment trade can be returned to their natural home.
Please do not support these animal street entertainers when travelling overseas - they operate in a number of countries and the training and working life of these animals is extremely cruel - they need our voice and support.