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Baby monkeys chained to cramped cages by the neck and sold in horror wet market

Indonesian authorities are being urged to intervene as baby primates are allegedly being chained by the neck and sold in a horror wet market.

Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) is pushing for action against the “serious wildlife crime” as long-tailed macaques brought in from Sumatra island are openly sold monthly at Satria Bird Market in Denpasar.

The species are classified as “vulnerable” species internationally, they have yet to receive protection in Indonesia.

The organisation claim many tourists and visitors end up buying the monkeys out of pity but don’t know how to give them proper care afterwards.

In a statement, JAAN said: “In Bali, we see a large number of primates openly sold on the Satria Market. All our reports to the authorities requesting intervention remain un-responded.”



Baby monkeys chained by the neck
People are buying the monkeys out of pity

Selling baby primates in these types of markets is a violation of existing regulations including Article 302 on animal abuse under the Criminal Code (KUHP) and the 2019 Law on Farming and Animal Health, JAAN added.

36 baby primates were confiscated by authorities in the past two months and sent to Java or Bali.

“This cruelty has to stop and we request a serious intervention of the Bali government to protect primates and Indonesian wildlife,” JAAN wrote.



Baby monkeys chained by the neck
Baby monkeys chained by the neck and sold in the wet market

However, authorities say they are having a hard time enforcing the law on wildlife trade at the wet market.

Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam (BKSDA) the Nature Conservation Agency of Indonesia told Coconuts: ” “For the trade of this baby primate, BKSDA is facing difficulties in monitoring because the species are small, tame, and easy to hide.

“The perpetrators of this wildlife trade can only be charged with animal abuse under the Criminal Code (KUHP). But there must be irrefutable evidence of abuse.”

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Baby monkeys chained to cramped cages by the neck and sold in horror wet market
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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