Stop the Torture of Macaque Monkeys in Jakarta!

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Please read this, if you wanna stop the cruelty of animal abuse.


In Indonesian :

Beberapa hari yang lalu, sekitaran jam 8-9 pagi ada topeng monyet di depan kos aku. "Nung ning nang ning nung..". Aku keluar kos, mo ngeliat topeng monyetnya, sumpah, ga tega banget. Monyetnya di rantain, di tarik2 terus di suruh ngelakuin kegiatan manusia. Don't wanna sound controversial, tapi apakah monyet2 itu pantas mendapat hidup seperti itu?

Kita semua tentu gak pernah suka disuruh-suruh dan di perbudak. Di perintah ama orang tua aja ngedumelnya udah sepanjang apa. Masih mending kita bisa protes. Gimana perasaan si monyet2 yang di suruh ngehibur manusia coba? Kita gak tau kehidupan dia ama majikannya gimana, bisa jadi dia dicambuk, di biarin laper, di tendang2 ato apalah gitu, sampe dia bisa perform dengan baik gituh. Terus arus nurut lagi, dia berteriak, manusia makin senang. Makin napsu abusenya, makin kuat cambuknya, tanpa mikirin perasaan tuh monyet gimana. Sumpah, kalo aku sih ga tega banget ngeliatnya.

Aku pribadi suka banget ama monyet, dan kalo udah ngeliat yang begituan di depan kos aku, pengen aja aku usir. Like seriously, aku bener-bener berfikir loh. Yang kerja buat topeng monyet itu dapet berapa sih sebulan? emang banyak ya? emang ada yang mau bayar ya? sampe mau ngelakuin hal non-manusiawi seperti itu. Terus kalo emang ga dapet banyak duit, kenapa masih kerja itu sih? Kenapa ga ganti profesi aja? that way kan bakal banyak monyet yang ga perlu diperbudak lagi.Aku bener-bener mikir loh, keknya tukang bajaj masih jauh lebih sukses deh daripada topeng monyet.

Pernah ga sih kalian berfikir, kenapa kalo kita ngedeketin topeng monyet yang lagi beraksi itu dia bakal nyerang kita bahkan sampe gigit? Kenapa dia ga jinak? Kan kalo misalnya dia seneng jadi topeng monyet, dia bakal ramah ama manusia. Terus kenapa dia nyerang kita? ya gak sih?

Menurut pengetahuan ilmiah, kalo binatang liar (seperti harimau dll) kalau merasa takut kalau terancam, mereka bakal menyerang. Berarti secara logis, si monyet ketakutan dong ama kita? Nah kenapa dia ketakutan coba toh kita ga pernah kenapa2 ama dia? Kalo kamu mau berfikir lebih jauh lagi, kamu pasti bisa menyimpulkan kalo sang majikannya yang bikin tuh monyet sampe trauma dan takut ama manusia.



Kasian gak sih kamu ama monyet2 tersebut? Diperbudak, di suruh2 perform, padahal seharusnya mereka hidup di alam terbuka dengan bebas ama keluarga mereka. Padahal mereka juga mau hidup senang, sama seperti kita. Liat tuh gambar di atas, sang monyet betina masih memberi kasih sayang yang besar pada anaknya walau dia dirantai dan gak bisa berbuat apa-apa. Kita gak tau kan mereka bakal dipisah ato ga, anaknya bakal dibuang ato ga, bakal dibunuh ato ga! Kalo kalian ga kasihan ya aku ga tau lagi se-heartless apa kalian, yang jelas, aku kasihan! Manusia udah terlalu egois.

Okelah tepikan rasa simpati kalau kalian tidak merasa si monyet pantes hidup diperbudak, apa kalian merasa apa yang di perform oleh topeng monyet itu mengajar hal yang baik kepada masyarakat? Apa menurut kalian topeng monyet itu mendidik? MIKIR. PAKE OTAK.

I mean, coba lah sesekali, merhatiin topeng monyet tersebut. Kalian sendiri pasti sadar, 70% dari penontonnya pasti anak kecil bahkan bayi yang sedang di gendong oleh mamanya. Mereka merasa terhibur, of course. Ketawa ketiwi liat tuh monyet naik sepeda dll. Tapi selain itu, apakah kalian pernah berfikir, apa yang bakal mereka pelajari setelah melihat si monyet di rantai, terus di tarik2, terus dikasarin walau durasi nya hanya beberapa menit? Seperti yang kalian ketahui, masa-masa anak kecil adalah masa dimana anak-anak mulai belajar meniru apa yang mereka lihat. Bayangkan anak-anak tercinta kalian menonton topeng monyet. Terus mereka mengamati kekasaran dan abuse2 monyet itu. Terus mereka tiru dan waktu gede mereka membunuh dan meng-abuse semua binatang yang mereka lihat. Tiba di marah, mereka malah mikir "loh topeng monyet aja kek gitu kok" APA YANG AKAN KALIAN LAKUKAN? KALIAN SUKA ANAK KALIAN BEGITU?

"Apa yang bisa kami bantu? Kami kan ga tau ada berapa banyak topeng monyet keliling di Indonesia ini, dan kami juga ga ada kuasa untuk melarang mereka."

BANTU PAKE INI.



Ini adalah petition untuk Gubernur Jakarta untuk menghentikan kekerasan terhadap monyet liar dan menghentikan aksi topeng monyet. Kalau ada 10.000 orang yang setuju ama surat keputusan ini, suratnya bakal di kirim ke Gubernur Jakarta. Untuk saat ini, cuman ada 118 orang, aku ulangi, 118 ORANG yang menyetujuinya doang. Kalo kalian prihatin, make a move now. Ga butuh duit, ga butuh ribet, cuman tulis nama kamu, email kamu, ama kota tempat tinggal kamu. Gitu aja kok. Ga butuh duit sepeser pun. Kamu udah ngebantu banyak kalo kamu ikut berpartisipasi! So, why not? Ga merugikan, cuman menguntungkan.

Kehidupan monyet-monyet yang sedih tersebut sekarang ada di tangan kamu.
Tetep biarkan mereka menderita atas rantai2 yang mengikat mereka tiap detik, atau melihat mereka bahagia bersama keluarga mereka di alam terbuka.

******


In English:

Repost from Jakartaanimalaid.



Topeng Monyet, or dancing monkeys, is a particularly cruel practice where juvenile macaques are forced to perform (dance, ride bicycles, wear masks) in the crowded and busy streets of Jakarta. An illegal trade in wild macaques that are captured from the wild has built up around the phenomena known as Topeng Monyet.



Fear and pain etched across his face, a little monkey cries out as he grabs helplessly at a metal chain biting into his neck.

As he lets out a high-pitched scream a gang of men force him to stand up straight, laughing as they tighten the chain.

It is just one of a series of shocking images of the hell the monkeys endure in the slums of Jakarta in ­Indonesia, where they are forced to walk upright and wear costumes… all in the name of entertainment.

A Sunday Mirror investigation discovered the monkeys are also made to wear masks, hats and glasses to catch the eye of ­passing tourists.

If a visitor stops, the monkey is ordered by its owner to walk on his hands, sit on toy rocking horses or ride bicycles in the hope the tourist will hand over some loose change.

Other creatures are forced to simply beg. On one Jakarta street a monkey was found wearing a doll’s head mask, her suckling infant clinging to her as she begged for money at the side of a busy road.

The disturbing images were passed to us by the ­Jakarta Animal Aid Network, which went undercover to expose the cruelty the monkeys endure.

Their torment starts deep in the forests of Sumatra where the macaques, an endangered species of monkey, live.

Teams of poachers use ­sickening methods to trap them. The most popular one is to shoot the mother and then prise the clinging baby off her.

Baby macaques are preferred as they have a longer life as ­performers. The ­poachers are paid £2 for each monkey by dealers, who sell them on to street “entertainers” in Jakarta for £5 each.

It’s here the torture really begins. The monkeys are hung upside down so they learn how to walk ­upright. Chains are then clamped around their necks and they have to stand up straight or be punished.

The monkeys are starved and only fed when they obey to make sure they learn quickly. The highly-social primates are forced to live inside cramped wooden crates and can’t interact with each other, leading them to become deeply ­disturbed.

After being “trained” they are taken to tourist spots to “work”. Our revelations will put pressure on the Indonesian authorities to take action. But the illegal animal ­trade is a multi-million-dollar business. Femke Den Haas of JAAN said: “It is pitiful to watch how these monkeys dragged from the wild are tortured and condemned to a life of hell.”

Sarah Kite, of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, said: “Indonesia must act now.

HOW?
(refer to the petition above)


We need a total of 10.000 people to sign this repetition to stop the monkey abuse, but currently there's only 118 people. This is totally free, so please make your move now.

We, the undersigned, wish to see an end to the use of monkeys in Jakarta for Topeng Monyet.

Topeng Monyet, or dancing monkeys, is a particularly cruel practice where juvenile macaques are forced to perform (dance, ride bicycles, wear masks) in the crowded and busy streets of Jakarta.

An illegal trade in wild macaques that are captured from the wild has built up around the phenomena known as Topeng Monyet.

Topeng Monyet, or dancing monkeys, is a particularly cruel practice where juvenile macaques are forced to perform (dance, ride bicycles, wear masks) in the crowded and busy streets of Jakarta.

An illegal trade in wild macaques that are captured from the wild has built up around the phenomena known as Topeng Monyet.

Young macaques are caught from the forests, separated from their families by poachers and sold to end up as Topeng Monyet.

Even now we see newborn infants clinging on to their mothers on the streets to elicit money from passing motorbikes and cars. (OMG IS THIS HEARTBREAKING OR NOT T____T)

The use of monkeys to beg for money has increased over the last three years in Jakarta. In Jakarta alone, JAAN (Jakarta Animal Aid Network) has listed 200 monkeys that are being used as for February 2011.

The monkeys are trained in a very cruel way, by hanging them, chained, up side down, (to learn to stand on their hands) and by starving them. The methods used are extremely painful and the teeth of the monkeys are crudely sewn off.

Street children rent the monkeys from local vendors for 30,000 Rupiah per day.

The children will use the monkeys to beg on the streets.
So, this subject is not just about cruelty towards animals. There is child abuse involved in it too. The monkeys are kept inside crates when not performing on the street. They are chained 24/7 and are rented out to anyone who can pay the price by the end of the day.

We wish to see an end to this abuse.

The local authorities of Jakarta should fulfill the promise to make a local regulation (SK=Surat Keputusan) that has already become a draft since December 2009. The local regulation will prohibit the use of monkeys on the streets. JAAN is able to rescue and rehabilitate the macaques and will collaborate with a local NGO to help educate the street children involved too.

Please, Governor of Jakarta, for the reputation of your city put an end to this abuse and show that you care about the welfare of your people and animals.


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  1. Haloo Susan... I'm here. Sebenarnya hewan dan manusia tidak jauh berbeda, sama2 mempunyai perasaan takut, peka, khawatir dan sebagainya. Hanya saja bedanya manusia berakal budi. Namun sayangnya sering di salah gunakan. Contohnya seperti kasus di atas. Prihati dan sangat prihatin. Sama2 berusaha mencari nafkah, lantas apa layak mereka diperlakukan semena2? Saya rasa tidak!

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  3. I was in Jakarta with Dr. Birute Galdikas to visit the orangutans she takes care of, Orangutan Foundation Int'l., and was so shocked, horrified and disgusted by this display of inhumanity. On every level, this is wrong! These poor children should be in school and these poor monkeys in the wild. The government of Indonesia is making criminals or homeless people of these kids by not educating them and showing extreme cruelty to animals. This may be acceptable to you but it is NOT to MOST of the world. Please protect them both!

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