In a disturbing video garnering thousands of views on social media, emerged footage again of a small monkey shaved by its captor, making the exotic pet appear human. Dressed in pajamas and slippers and apparently used to the treatment, the video has sparked outrage as it highlights the cruelty of the exotic pet trade.
According to the Daily Mail, the video is thought to have originated in Indonesia, and besides the monkey already having undergone a “crew cut” to make him look more human, his face is being shaved. He can be seen holding his head back as if he is used to the action. Reactions to the video included many readers dispelling the rumors that these animals make good pets.
“…they are expensive and dangerous. A lot of people modify them by having the teeth removed and I have seen where they get the tips of the fingers altered so the nails don’t grow. It’s cruel. Very, very cruel!”
Monkeys live a long time, require a huge amount of daily care, need a lot of space, and contrary to what has been depicted in movies – are not cuddly. A pet primate that has to stay in a cage and has little to no daily activity gets lonely. It is not unusual for them to become extremely mean and vicious.
Tragically the exotic pet trade often leads to the death of the animals. Trappers take the babies away from their parents and smuggle them into the country in the worst conditions. Many die in transit. Just one month ago, a man tried to smuggle Asian leopard kittens in his backpack and pygmy monkeys in his underwear. Purchasing these exotic pets only encourages the abuse.
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(Photos of exotic pet trade via Facebook and YouTube freezeshots)
Check out the video – this just shouldn’t be allowed: