Regrann from @ _scorpione_62 - Regrann from @ biswaranjan_br - Photo by @ celinaxchien Ripped from the cradle of family and forest, this young long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) has become a commodity, destined for a lifetime of unforgivable and cruel imprisonment. Found on a roadside in the city of Medan, Indonesia sitting in a dilapidated market stall overflowing with captive wildlife; the multicoloured cages crying out to the passing shoppers and tourists. This little macaque was at the bottom of a stack of cages, next to the endangered softshell turtles, terrified of the taunting shoes that kicked at him as they walked by.
The exotic pet trade is not only a moral and ethical issue concerning the suffering of its victims, but also a conservation crisis. Many, if not all, of the animals in this market originated from the neighbouring Leuser Ecosystem, one of the largest intact rainforests of South East Asia and is the last place on Earth where critically endangered elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans still coexist in the wild. Populations of a diversity of species are crashing due to the combined destructive forces of habitat destruction and animal extraction for the wildlife trade. The moral corruption that allows this industry to thrive off the exploitation of endangered and tormented animals must stop if their wild counterparts are to survive into the next decade.
Spread the word; tell the world that the exotic pet industry is cruel and threatens biodiversity. We must confront the demand, educate the public and pressure governments to enforce their wildlife laws.
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