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.”
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.
Over the last two months, the authorities confiscated 36 baby primates that were en route to being shipped to Java and Bali.
“This cruelty has to stop and we request a serious intervention of the Bali government to protect primates and Indonesian wildlife,” JAAN wrote.
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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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