very upsetting sight of 3 juvenile Slow Lorises and 1 very young
macaque monkey dressed in ridiculous knitted clothes and being offered
to tourists for photographs was only ecplised by the even more ridiculously
dressed European tourists who were paying to have their photos taken
with the unfortunate animals at Pattaya Beach on 9th March 2008.
Far from being
cracked down upon, the owners of these animals were openly parading
them around outside a busy 7/11 store and neighbouring Starbucks
on the beach road, Pattaya. One particularly unfortunate Loris was
being touted around in the daylight and was in obvious distress,
a further two Lorises and the macaque had joined the first one by
the early evening and a nearby grinning policeman did nothing to
deter the practice.
upon the origin of the animals the owners claimed that they had
been bred in captivity, but when further pressed they confirmed
that actually the parents of the animals had been killed in the
wild and the babies taken from them.
All those reading
this sad note please pass on to any less well-informed friends that
they may have who are anticipating holidaying in Thailand or somewhere
similar that any animals offered in such a way for tourist photographs
are illegally obtained and often (usually?) badly abused by their
Friends of Thailand have also recently reported receiving a number
of lorises for rehabilitation: Lorises
rescued again; when will the trade stop?