Dori Edwards, Global Animal
Thailand’s Safari World in Bangkok clearly has no concern for orangutan endangerment. While the species struggles to maintain existence, the wildlife park forced illegally smuggled, Indonesian orangutans into a boxing ring where they were trained to fight one another.
After it was discovered that these wild animals were illegally acquired and activists began pressuring Safari World, the facility stopped the practice in 2004. Out of 78 of these naturally stolen orangutans, 53 were returned to Borneo while the remainder died or disappeared.
Unfortunately, the degrading showcase has once again become a pass time at Safari World.
Female orangutans in bikini tops and mini skirts parade around an octagon holding a round card while their male counterparts round kick their ‘shorty-short’ clad opponents.
This orangutan fight club lasts thirty minutes or until one of the apes is knocked out. Trainers claim the animals are taught to appear unconscious, but nonetheless these 250 pound males could still cause serious damage to their fellow ape.
When the 30 minutes is up, the orangutans are returned to their dingy and dark cages while barbaric humans continue on with their day.
These animals are innocently pitted against their own kind in unnatural situations. Humans can choose to participate in these acts, but these animals cannot. It is time we fight for them instead of them fighting each other. Sign the petition and knock out this awful spectacle.
Watch the video of this inhumanity here (warning: disturbing content).