On 20th October 2013 the Governor of Jakarta announced an end to the use of macaques in street performances and the confiscation of the dancing macaques from the Jakarta streets. For further details of these announcements click on the links below:
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Misery of dancing macaques
Monkeys are being chained and forced to dress up and ride toy motorbikes to entertain crowds of tourists across Indonesia. The shocking video below shows how in one of Jakarta’s most crowded slums, the emaciated monkeys are forced to act out human activities as part of a cruel circus show.
Wearing bizarre costumes and dolls masks, the long tailed macaques can be seen riding bikes, rocking horses and scooters while their owners collect money from spectators.
The Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), say the primates are openly sold in monkey parks.
Kept in small cages, they are forced to undergo agonising training regimes to perform stunts at the Masked Monkey Park. Some of the trainers are said to hang the moneys upside down, or strap their arms behind their backs, to force the monkeys to walk upright. The Jakarta Animal Aid Network said that in the first two weeks of training, many of the monkeys die
The Asia for Animals coalition is supporting the JAAN campaign to end this brutality. AfA has written to the Governor of Jakarta calling for a ban on the use of monkeys for entertainment and for the city authorities to work with JAAN to confiscate monkeys from their handlers.