“It was very frustrating to see her there, obviously in distress and in so much pain, with children laughing at her,” Femke Den Haas, founder of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), told The Dodo. “It was also so sad for the children, who are exposed to such cruelty at such a young age, and who will only see animals as objects and items to make fun of and to hurt.”
In 2013, JAAN worked with the Indonesian government to install a ban on “dancing monkeys” in Jakarta. Then in 2016, the ban was extended to the West Java province of Indonesia, where Bogor is located. So in July, a team from JAAN arrived in Bogor to rescue the monkey in the pink dress, and take the handlers to the local police station.