JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia's capital is saying no to monkey business. Literally. Security forces have fanned out across Jakarta this week conducting raids to rescue macaques used in popular street masked monkey performances.
The order came from Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, better known as "Jokowi." He wants all roadside monkeys gone by next year.
He said that besides improving public order, the move is also aimed at preventing diseases carried by the monkeys and also to stop animal abuse.
Under the plan, the city government will buy back all monkeys used as street buskers and shelter them at a one-hectare preserve at a Jakarta zoo. The handlers will be given vocational training.
Animal rights groups have long campaigned for a ban on the shows, which often involve monkeys wearing plastic baby doll heads.