Target: Dana A. Kartakusuma of the Ministry of Environment
Goal: Stop allowing monkeys to perform for money in Indonesia
Indonesia is a nation that is overpopulated with monkeys, which often freely roam the busy city streets. However, due to this overpopulation of monkeys, many of them are exploited, captured, and sold into all kinds of black markets. Monkeys are most often sold as pets, and consequently, they are severely mistreated.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, as one walks through the crowded and busy streets, seeing a monkey performing human acts is very common. These monkeys are forced to wear doll masks and doll costumes while they ride around in mini motor bikes and rock on wooden horses as forms of entertainment. These extremely skinny monkeys are forced to amuse tourist crowds while their owners walk after them to collect money.
At Indonesian monkey parks, a monkey may only cost around 14 pounds, or roughly 28 dollars, and trainers are able to purchase a couple of monkeys at one time. These monkeys are put through intense training that involves being tied upside down so that they can walk upright. They are also taught how to ride the motor bikes, wooden horses, and scooters, and are often punished when they do not perform them correctly.
Most of the monkeys that are forced to undergo the weeks of gruesome training do not survive at all, and since these monkeys are so cheap, trainers continue to purchase more which allows the vicious cycle to continue.
According to the British newspaper, Dailymail, one of the trainers stated, “I’ve lost count of how many monkeys have died. It’s the risk we have to take. Treating them leniently will not make them able to do anything. Sometimes I feel pity for the monkeys, but life is hard in Jakarta.”
Life may be hard in Jakarta, but life is definitely extremely hard for these monkeys as well. These emaciated monkeys do not deserve to be mistreated so poorly for profit. Monkeys are a part of nature, and they should not work for humans.
Sign this petition and demand that monkeys are not forced to perform anymore and are able to live freely in Indonesia.
Dear Dana A. Kartakusuma,
Monkeys are constantly forced to perform in the crowded streets of Jakarta, Indonesia. These monkeys wear doll masks, doll costumes, and other props while they perform human activities similar to those of a circus. Some of these activities include riding a mini motor bike, a wooden horse, and a scooter. These objects were not created for monkeys, and thus they should never be forced to ride them.
Street trainers buy their monkeys from monkey parks for as little as 14 pounds, or roughly 28 dollars. The trainers put the monkeys through gruesomely long weeks of training and many of the monkeys die as a result. These monkeys are kept in tiny cages that do not allow for any movement and these monkeys are often tied upside down to fix their postures.
These monkeys need to be saved and you must stop monkeys from being forced to perform.
[Your Name Here]