Jakarta Says No To Dancing Monkey Shows
No more will macaque monkeys, many wearing doll’s heads as masks, be forced to dance on their hind legs, ride tiny bicycles or carry parasols in the streets of Jakarta. Joko Widodo, the Governor of Indonesia’s capital city, has vowed that there will be no more “topeng monyet” (masked monkey) shows in the streets of the city by 2014.
Widodo says that the shows in which the monkeys are made to perform amount to animal abuse. He also notes that eliminating the shows is in the interest of public order, as the monkeys are often made to perform at congested intersections where motorists slow down to watch them.
40 monkeys rescued in 2011 by Jakarta Animal Aid Network with the city government’s aid had tuberculosis, hepatitis, tetanus (from the chains growing into their skin) and other diseases. Banning the dancing monkeys is a necessary public health measure, Widodo says.
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