22 October 2013
Critics say that the monkeys are forced to live in pitiful
The first 11 out of an estimated 350 performing street monkeys in
the Indonesian capital Jakarta have been confiscated and taken into
quarantine, animal rights activists say.
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said he was acting to save the monkeys
and because they were a health risk.
His move has been welcomed as "groundbreaking and significant" by
the Jakarta Animal Aid Network.
Spokeswoman Femke Den Haas told the BBC that it ends years of
The macaque monkeys are often dressed up and made to perform as
street buskers, often attracting large audiences.
The Jakarta authorities say that they will pay some cash
compensation to the owners of the confiscated monkeys. (...)
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