My friend, the photographer Andrew Chant, lifted the lid of his laptop. "'You have to see this," he said, twisting it around so I could see the screen. I jerked back in my seat at the imploring eyes staring back at me; the eyes of a monkey, or something in that species.
"I took these pictures at a zoo in Surabaya," he said, scrolling down the page -- a page of horrors.
"Please!" I cried. "No more. I hate animal cruelty pictures," -- because there was no doubt that was that these were.
I had flown to Andrew's "patch" in Bangkok from Sydney on an assignment for London's Daily Mail, but the project fell apart while I was in the air, and now I was meeting Andrew for a coffee to see if there was anything else I could do in Thailand. He reminded me there was a court hearing coming up in neighboring Indonesia involving a British woman. The Mail said it was worth looking at while I was in the region. We flew to Surabaya the following day.
But the court case was adjourned. "Now what?" I asked Andrew.