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Wild apes are being ruthlessly ripped from their forest homes, traded and suffering far, far away. We want CITES to invoke Article VIII and bring them home!!
Apes are being kidnapped from their native forests of Africa and the dear orangutans from Malaysia and Borneo...
Great apes – chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans – are in great demand in Middle Eastern and East Asian safari parks, zoos and private menageries. They are money-makers for the owners as a fee-paying public flocks to watch them perform in demeaning skits, wearing colourful costumes while riding bicycles or playing drums. After the show they are locked up in dark, barren cages to await the next performance. Imagine your child or little brother or sister in such a situation. Great apes experience very similar emotions to humans, so they suffer greatly in this cruel slavery condition.
Most shocking is the fact that corrupt national CITES officials in several countries are deeply involved in the trafficking. They doctor fraudulent CITES permits and sell them to traffickers, who use them over and over to export the apes, usually infant orphans whose mothers have been killed for bushmeat. Hunters go into the forest with shotguns and ruthlessly blast the adult apes and capture the traumatized infants.