Activists want ban on dancing monkeys

Sept. 19, 2011 at 10:09 AM
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JAKARTA, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Indonesian animal rights activists say the government needs to enforce ban on monkeys who are forced to perform on Jakarta streets.

The Jakarta Animal Aid Network said about 500 long-tailed macaques are made by their handlers to wear masks and dance for money on city streets, Bikya Masr reported Monday.

A spokesman told The Jakarta Globe the panhandlers are violating animal welfare and the monkeys "are in agony."

A 2007 law prohibits giving money to panhandlers and a separate law prohibits the mistreatment of animals, the report said.

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