Many people will find Dateline’s pictures of performing monkeys in chains in Indonesia shocking, but for those trying to eke out a living in the capital, Jakarta, it seems perfectly acceptable.
It’s because there’s money to be made in training and renting out the performing animals, and taking them round the streets to perform for passers-by and children.
But the Jakarta Animal Aid Network says the monkey business has to stop, and it’s not only the monkeys that are being exploited by their owners, but also the street orphans who use them to scrape a living.
Video journalist David O’Shea uncovers the uncomfortable mix of human suffering and animal suffering.
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On air: 1st May 2011