HEARTBREAKING footage shows monkeys chained up while being forced to perform cruel tricks for crowds of tourists.
The primates are dressed in colourful dresses before having thick layers of makeup applied to entertain visitors to the zoo in Ratchaburi, western Thailand.
Trainers then make the monkeys jump through spiked hoops and choke them with tight ropes around their necks while they sit on the shoulders of tourists for selfies.
Others have to spin a burning metal pole, mimic karaoke singers by being tricked into licking toy microphones or play with coconuts by throwing them through hoops.
When the crowds have gone home, many of the monkeys lie on the dirty wooden floor with glum expressions as they pick at their skin, waiting to be fed, at the Chang Puak Camp.
Animals rights group PETA said ”the world is outraged by gimmicky animal acts” and called on more travel companies to cut ties with such shows.
‘SNATCHED AT BIRTH’
Jason Baker, the group’s senior vice president of international campaigns, said: ”Monkeys don’t choose to walk on their hind legs, wear clothes, ride bikes, or perform other meaningless and humiliating tricks – they’ve simply learned to fear what will happen if they don’t.
”Circus trainers break monkeys’ spirits using violent methods that rely on the fear of punishment. They force animals into a lifetime of slavery.”
PETA said the monkeys in the video are likely to have had their teeth removed to ”render them incapable of defending themselves”.
While many are usually ”snatched from their mothers at birth” before being forced into a life where they are ”deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them”.
Mr Baker added: ”Exhibitors who force animals to perform do so because they profit from it, but it’s the animals who suffer.”
Thailand is among the world’s most popular tourist destinations but many zoos, animal shows and elephant camps catering for holidaymakers face allegations of cruelty.
In Bangkok, there’s a shopping mall where a gorilla named Bua Noi is kept on the top floor in filthy conditions.
In nearby Samut Prakan, a crocodile farm and elephant show has been repeatedly criticised for its treatment of the animals, including bears that are kept in dirty enclosures.
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