Shut Down Inhumane Ape Attraction

Target: Sharon Dumont, Owner of Monkey Jungle

Goal: Shut down Florida attraction for its allegedly cruel and inhumane treatment of great apes.

At least two apes have allegedly been kept in horrid conditions, according to a former employee at Miami’s Monkey Jungle attraction. Despite the attraction being a much-loved tourist destination for nearly eight decades, one-time caretaker Melanie Lustig claims that the owners failed to provide adequate shelter or care for its great apes, which she said were forced to live in tiny, filthy enclosures. Pictures she shared on social media appear to show a gorilla named King with open sores and an orangutan named Mei living in a feces-smeared cage. We must demand justice for these innocent animals.

The owner of Monkey Jungle has failed to respond to these allegations and others that accuse her of having left the apes to fend for themselves during Hurricane Irma. If any of these allegations are true, it is clear that this attraction must be shut down immediately and all its animals transferred to accredited sanctuaries.

Apes are intelligent creatures that deserve far better treatment than being confined to filthy, prison-like cells. Sign this petition and demand that this attraction be shut down if it cannot adequately provide for these animals’ needs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Dumont,

Following Hurricane Irma, Monkey Jungle has remained shut down due to foliage damage. Given recent reports that allege that a number of apes in your care are not receiving proper veterinary treatment and are forced to live in filthy cages, it would seem that there is more your attraction must do before it can be allowed to reopen. Photos reportedly showing apes living in feces-smeared enclosures and covered in sores are disturbing indicators of abuse. These poor animals deserve so much more.

For the sake of Mei the orangutan and King the gorilla, and all other primates currently residing at Monkey Jungle, we urge you to do the right thing and ensure that they are given the care that they need. If you are not able to humanely house and treat these animals, then they must be immediately relocated to accredited sanctuaries.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Melanie Lustig

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8 Comments

  1. These intelligent apes MUST NOT remain in this hell-hole, Monkey Jungle.

    They deserve to be relocated to reputable caring sanctuaries–not mistreated, abused and living like tossed garbage. This is inexcusable!

    This place should be shut down, with large fines and prison sentences for the cruel Sharon Dumont and any others responsible for sickening animal abuse. In addition to sore-covered bodies, tiny, filthy, feces-smeared cages might be more suitable for the owner’s residence and life-style–NOT these, obviously, miserable animals!

  2. SHUT DOWN MONKEY JUNGLE NOW FOR ABUSING THE GREAT ANIMALS .

  3. Get these apes out of there IMMEDIATELY. How dare people treat these great beasts this way. How dare they leave them during the hurricane. How dare they mistreat them. How dare they not get vet care for wounds/rashes or whatever their needs may be. This is horrendous. SHUT IT DOWN!

  4. Janeen Walsh says:

    We don’t need a monkey jungle showing these poor animals in cages. The abuse they’ve been given is reason enough to get them in a loving safe environment. Shut them down and let the animals go to a caring natural habitat where they can be free and enjoy the rest of there lives. This is disgusting and pathetic and extremely UNNECESSARY!

  5. Could not agree more. The great apes are close to ourselves. Personally I would not live like this- perhaps you would- think about it-

  6. Another form of animal abuse, just like factory farming, fur/leather farming, animal experimentation, animal circuses and etc.

  7. Bev Woodburn says:

    For the sake of Mei the orangutan and King the gorilla, and all other primates currently residing at Monkey Jungle, we urge you to do the right thing and ensure that they are given the care that they need. If you are not able to humanely house and treat these animals, then they must be immediately relocated to accredited sanctuaries.

  8. Judy Lindley says:

    This appalling place must be closed down and these poor captive animals sent to sanctuaries to live out their lives in peace.
    These poor animals live in small cramped cages, in filthy conditions and look emaciated and ill kept. Heartbreaking, we must make a difference for these poor souls.

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