Target: Somyot Phumphanmuang, Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police
Goal: Do not use animals for entertainment purposes, or allow people to throw objects at them.
Orangutans are allegedly made to perform like human entertainers, while people throw beer cans at them at a popular zoo. The zoo needs to be investigated to ensure zoo animals are not being treated in this deplorable manner.
Safari World in Bangkok reportedly dresses up their orangutans and makes them perform in a variety of shows for visitors. In one show, they reportedly perform kickboxing in front of audience members. In another show, female orangutans are said to act like they are interested in male orangutans, as apathetic audience members throw beer cans at them in front of staff members.
A recent animal welfare law that was implemented in Thailand prohibits the “torture and cruelty” of animals outside of traditional use. Allowing audience members to throw beer cans at these animals and even putting them in a situation where they are forced to act differently than how they would act in a more natural environment is treating them in a torturous and cruel manner.
Sign this petition and urge authorities to investigate Safari World for their reported unlawful treatment of these orangutans. Animals in a zoo environment should be protected, not exploited for entertainment purposes.
Dear Commissioner-General Phumphanmuang,
Safari World in Bangkok is allegedly abusing orangutans by making them dress up and perform in shows, and further by allowing people to throw beer cans at them while on stage. If this is found to be true and it is allowed to continue, it will indicate to many people that Thailand does not care about animal welfare.
As you know, a new law states that animals not used in traditional events and festivals are not to be treated in an abusive manner. Orangutans do not have the same reasoning skills as humans, and they therefore do not understand why they are being dressed up and forced to act in ways other than how they would instinctively act. Furthermore, allowing beer cans to be thrown at animals is clearly abusing them.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to investigate Safari World in Bangkok and to warn them that if any abuse is taking place, it must stop in order for the animals to remain in their care. Allowing anything of this nature to continue is a blatant message to the world that the new animal welfare law recently enacted in your country was implemented more for show than it was to try and make positive change.
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Photo Credit: Bonnie Gruenberg2