(ANIMAL ABUSE/MONKEYS) Animal Defenders International (ADI) released an undercover investigation revealing appalling conditions at “Monkey School,” a cruel South Korean attraction that forces monkeys to perform in shows. ADI’s findings include horrific animal abuse and neglect, including the discovery of a monkey dead in his/her cage, having received no medical treatment.

While South Korea’s animal protection laws are limited, Congresswoman Hanna Chang proposed a Zoo Act that would prohibit circus-like animal performances and establish animal welfare standards.

Read below for more on ADI’s investigation and sign the petition urging Members of the Environmental Committee of the Korean Government to protect captive animals in Korea by passing the Zoo Act. — Global Animal

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Monkeys at South Korea’s “Monkey School” were found living in squalid and barren conditions. Photo Credit: ADI

Animal Defenders International (ADI)

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has today released an undercover investigation that reveals shocking conditions and violations of animal protection law in South Korea at “Monkey School,” an attraction that forces monkeys to perform in shows.

The scenes in South Korea show the same poor living conditions and appalling attitudes to animals that are universal to the performing animals industry that ADI has documented in the US and around the world at circuses and suppliers of performing animals for movies, advertising and television.

ADI is calling for US citizens not to attend shows with live animal performances, to contact their Member of Congress to support legislation to end the use of wild animals in circuses and sign the petition supporting new legislation to end wild animal performances.

The ADI investigation of Monkey School in South Korea reveals:

  • Monkeys living in squalid and barren conditions, including mothers and their young babies
  • Traumatised monkeys exhibiting abnormal behaviour, for example constantly spinning around and biting themselves
  • Some monkeys isolated, in tiny cages while others were crammed together, causing stress and psychological damage
  • Animals hit during training and dragged along the floor
  • Disgraceful contempt for a monkey as he tries to escape with his hands tied behind his back, falling onto his face, as workers laugh at its predicament and terror
  • Animals found dead in cages

ADI President, Jan Creamer:

“Our investigation of Monkey School in South Korea has shown that performing animals endure extreme cruelty behind the scenes, just as we have found in the US, where we discovered beatings of elephants and other animals, use of electric shocks and the barren, deprived conditions that make the animals go out of their minds.

Countries around the world are banning animal performances and we hope to see the US do the same. You can help stop the cruelty by refusing to watch animal shows and signing our petition supporting South Korea’s new Zoo Act.”

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Some monkeys at “Monkey School” are isolated, causing stress and psychological damage. Photo Credit: ADI

Sharon Shaw, Director of Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary in the UK said:

“All aspects of life for primates at Monkey School are appalling, from the inadequate and atrocious housing conditions, the physical and psychological torture, to the lack of empathy and respect shown by the staff. The poor animals who are unlucky enough to live there endure a barbaric, unnatural life.”

South Korea’s animal protection law is limited, yet ADI’s investigation has revealed violations by Monkey School including finding a monkey dead, having received no medical treatment; and animals moved to new enclosures without any provision to help them adapt to their new environment.

Congresswoman Hanna Chang has proposed a Zoo Act in South Korea that would ban circus-style animal performances and set minimum welfare standards and inspections for places that exhibit captive animals.

Congresswoman Chang said:

“’As seen in the ADI footage, it is hard to imagine the pain that monkeys have to go through for humans every day. This clearly shows that it is now time to have regulations to monitor the welfare of animals in captivity in Korea.”

ADI and its South Korean campaigns partner Korean Animal Rights Alliance have joined over 80 international animal organizations supporting the new Zoo Act. The international petition supporting South Korea’s Zoo Act can be signed at: http://bit.ly/ADIKoreaPetition

Twenty five countries around the world have restricted circus animal performances, including Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan. The US and Korea are among several countries currently discussing bans on circus animals including Ireland, the UK, Brazil and Germany.

More ADI: http://www.ad-international.org/adi_home/

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition urging Members of the Environmental Committee of the Korean Government to protect captive animals in Korea by passing the Zoo Act.