Orangutans Forced Into Humiliating Acts For Zoo's Sick Idea Of Fun
A zoo in Thailand, a country that has recently made strides in animal welfare, shows some people are still so far behind the times.
Safari World, which dubs itself "the world of happiness," puts on a gaudy and humiliating orangutan show, which includes boxing, that would turn the stomachs of anyone conscientious of animal welfare - or basic aesthetics.
"I don't like it at all," Erwin Newton told AFP. "I don't understand, what is interesting in making animals behave in this violent, dirty way."
"It is shocking that such cruel and exploitative treatment of animals continues for the so-called 'entertainment' of tourists," Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), told The Dodo.
"Orangutans are highly intelligent and sensitive animals that share 97 percent of their DNA with humans and they do not belong in a ring where they are dressed up and made to fight."
Mansbridge added that orangutans are already under serious threat in the wild from habitat loss.
"We all need to work together to protect them unless we want to face a future without this iconic species," he said.
Safari Park isn't the only zoo lagging behind the progress for animals in Thailand, and some activists argue that the animal welfare legislation passed in 2014 is too vague to do much for animals.
But everyone can have a hand in helping animals, whether or not there are strict laws in place. IFAW urges tourists to think carefully when traveling to ensure their actions do not cause suffering or pose a threat to animals, "whether from buying a wildlife souvenir or paying to see captive wild animals perform," Mansbridge said.
Safari World did not immediately reply to The Dodo's request for comment.