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    National Primate Day, Activist Asks for Monkey Mask to be Discontinued


    BANDUNG-A number of primate lovers organize an action in the framework of commemorating the national primate on Tuesday (30/1). The issue raised is the cessation of monkey dog ??show because it is considered to violate animal welfare.

    From the monitoring, the action taken in front of Gedung Sate, Jalan Diponegoro, Bandung City was enlivened by pantomime theatrical action. With a sad expression, he demonstrates himself as a bewildered monkey.

    In addition, many of the participants took masks while showing banners containing the demands of animal rights return to live in their respective habitats.

    Coordinator of the action, Sarah Syajaratun mention the reason to raise the issue of monkey masks because the activity is very violate the welfare of primates.

    "Usually the hunter catches a baby monkey, and in the process the mother of the monkey usually dies, then the monkey is trained by force-pulling her teeth, so as not to bite," he said when met in action.

    Types of monkeys used in commonly performed crosses at crossroads or red lights are typically long-tailed monkeys (Macaca Fascicularis). The species is very susceptible to transmit zoonotic disease, the disease transmitted from animals to humans.

    "The diseases include rabies or tuberculosis," said the woman who served as the Education and Socialization Team of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN).

    At the same venue, another JAAN member, Jenipa Saptayanti said it has rehabilitated 46 long-tailed monkeys for the past three years.

    "The most in the suburbs, such as Tasikmalaya, Ciamis," he explained.

    So far, the monkeys that have been secured are rehabilitated in Cikole, Lembang, West Bandung regency. During the rehabilitation period, many behaviors deviate from the monkeys.

    "They (monkeys) are also depressed and traumatized, there are those who like to hurt themselves, there is a shout ga clear while running," he added.

    Efforts that have been done, he admitted not maximized, because constrained by public awareness about the welfare of animals that have not been built up.

    "DKI Jakarta has banned the existence of a monkey mask since 2014, West Java provincial government is also the same, the rules already exist, which is still lack of public awareness.This effort must be done jointly," he concluded. (Even)

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