Photographs from a small group of islands
May 29 2015 7 Comments
Hans ter Horst says
5/29/2015 at 2:22 pm
I usually avoid the monkey shows as the plague because I have always become very annoyed with the trainer. Of course the animals don’t always do what the trainer wants them to do and then the trainer usually goes berserk on the animal in front of a big crowd. Of course, the animal is not to blame, it probably prefers to be in a tree and fighting for position in its tribe, but the casual animal cruelty, hitting the animal, yanking it left and right, annoys nobody but me and that makes me feel angry with the crowd too 🙁
5/29/2015 at 4:40 pm
Seen one trainer treating a monkey a little roughly during a show, but nothing to get too upset about. Definitely didn’t cross into the realm of animal cruelty. But saw another between shows treating his sad little creature awfully. The poor thing was clearly terrified. So like you I have avoided them ever since.
5/30/2015 at 2:40 am
Where was this? I have read that there are monkey shows at Tokyo Tower but I found it hard to believe this is still going on in a major metropolis. But then on second thought I guess it’s no less believable than an owl cafe.
5/30/2015 at 9:28 am
It was in Tokyo. Asakusa to be more accurate. Seen such shows in various parts of the city. It’s a weird one. People treat their pets so lovingly, and yet the treatment of other animals in Japan is sometime absolutely abhorrent. Never understood how the two seem to sit together so comfortably…
5/30/2015 at 6:55 am
Looks as if she is all washed and brushed up with a bit of lippy and mascara and looking forward to hang out with her monkey mates when they drop by; but that is probably a convenient fantasy, and as you say, it is probably very far from monkey heaven.
5/30/2015 at 9:31 am
No, can’t be a lot of fun. They seem to do a lot of shows too. To be fair though, there seemed to be a genuine bond between this monkey and its owner. Both just lounging about between performances.
5/31/2015 at 12:34 am
I’m sure some of them treat the monkeys as well as they know how and others are terrible. The same is true of working animals everywhere and always has been.
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