Monkeys are being forced to perform and entertain tourists in Indonesia.
The monkeys are made to wear costumes, walk on stilts, and even ride motorbikes.
Check out this shocking footage …
Reportedly, when these monkeys aren’t being used to entertain tourists, they’re carried around in metal chains, handled roughly, and kept in dark cages.
This controversial form of entertainment is very common in Asian countries and is known as monkey mask. It is considered a traditional art form and can be found in Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Pakistan. The audiences mostly consist of children.
It involves a handler that trains the animals to perform various activities, a lot of time mimicking human behavior, such as wearing outfits and going out shopping. Also, many of the performances are done around residential areas.
Monkey mask performers can earn anywhere from 75,000 to 150,000 rupiahs in a single workday, which is $5.26 to $10.52 in U.S. dollars.
The poor animals are paraded through the streets on stilts to “entertain” passers-by and tourists to simulate a good time. Behind the scenes though, these monkeys are said to look very sad.
Various conservation groups are coming against the cruel practice and protesting against monkey street attractions.
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