Jakarta’s Monkeys

– – In Jakarta, Indonesia trained monkeys perform skits on the street of the capital city using props such as toy motor bikes, wooden rifles, and doll masks.  Unfortunately, the macaques are kept on chain leashes which are jerked to keep the trained simians on task; they are conscripted and trained beginning as young as one month of age.  The performances are believed to have originated in the port cities of northern Java in the late 1800’s when entertainers from Europe introduced monkey and dog shows. Forced to perform unnatural acts in a stressful, abnormal environment, the forced performances may easily be seen as a form of animal exploitation or abuse.

Such monkey business is diminishing, however, owing at least in part to the depressed economy…

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One Comment on “Jakarta’s Monkeys”

  1. carycomic Says:

    It might also be due to the influence of Balinese Hinduism. Bali is the only Indonesian island with more Hindus than Muslims. And, Hanuman Hindus hold monkeys especially sacred!


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