12 Jun '11, 3am

Macaque Monkeys Trained -- Tortured -- to Perform in Indonesia:

Macaque Monkeys Trained -- Tortured -- to Perform in Indonesia:

I had thought that organ grinders with dancing monkeys were a cruel phenomenon of the past. I stand corrected: As the Denver Post reports, trained endangered macaque monkeys known as "topeng monyet" can still be seen performing on the streets of Indonesia: The street performances usually involve the monkeys wearing masks, such as dolls’ heads or attire to mimic humans, with the monkeys trained to act out human activities such as shopping, riding bicycles or other simulations of human behavior. Poverty drives the handlers to exploit the monkeys in the hope of earning small change, but the effect and cruelty to the monkeys is a cause that charities such as the Jakarta Animal Aid Network are increasingly taking up. The monkeys are kept chained in "monkey villages," where they are trained to perform to stand on two feet, jump through rings, pull carts and other "tricks." Take ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/macaque-m...

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