Masked Monkey or “Topeng Monyet” is a traditional play or performance in Indonesian villages involving performing monkeys with their handlers and usually finishing with a snake act or two. The handlers would travel around from village to village with their moneys, perhaps on foot or bicycle. Local children would rush over for the show much as Punch and Judy shows used to in Europe in the last century.
Sadly, in Jakarta, village life has disappeared and these days, many of these monkeys are kept in cages and rented out to low income people to use for begging in the streets at traffic lights or outside busy restaurants for a few coins. They generally use inhumane training methods and keep them on chains.
How to protect and or report abusers of these poor monkeys Jakarta Animal Aid Network JAAN http://jakartaanimalaid.com/
Jakarta Post Article Much-abused macaques may soon face extinction
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I know it’s a culture thing and you have to accept sometimes that other countries are very different (which is part of the experience of wanting to travel)….but that last shot says it all with the expression on that monkey’s face – there has to be a better way for the world’s less privileged people’s to earn enough money to live, and this surely shouldn’t be one of them.
JAAN is spending time and money to adopt these monkeys, they buy them from the handlers and rehabilitate and release them. That and also making it culturally unacceptable to enjoy this shows anymore, more and more Indonesians realise this.
Well, there’s certainly no reason why animals should be subjected to such abuse and indignity.
There was a similar situation in India with the Indian sloth bears who’ve been used as a means for income over centuries, but things have turned around and we’re all glad.
Here’s a lil something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZni9Kx9Jfw
Nice one, thank-you!
A top post, hope this practise will end….
It’s becoming less and less common, thankfully.
That was a good news….