Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Smoking orangutan brings more heat on Indonesian zoo accused of animal cruelty

Smoking orangutan brings more heat on Indonesian zoo accused of animal cruelty Smoking orangutan brings more heat on Indonesian zoo accused of animal cruelty
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 07:04

Ojon is believed to be the orangutan that was seen smoking a cigarette in a short video clip that went viral over the past few days. The zoo sparked controversy past year after videos of skeletal bears begging for food from visitors went viral.

Signs at the zoo warn visitors to not feed animals or give them cigarettes, he said.

Though this is worrying, visitors at the zoo can be heard laughing in the background.

The incident has been reported to local authorities.

On Wednesday, activist Marison Guciano claimed that the smoking great ape is just additional evidence of the many crimes committed against animals at Bandung Zoo, which is about 75 miles southwest of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

According to Guciano, the privately owned zoo is primarily responsible for the incident for its "lack of supervision" of guest interactions with animals.

It was temporarily closed in 2016 after a Sumatran elephant that died was found with bruises on its body.

Local media say a petition calling for the closure of the zoo has almost one million signatures.

"Indonesia desperately needs animal welfare standards in its zoos", he said.

Visitors who reviewed the "death zoo" on TripAdvisor also described the unsanitary conditions there and expressed sadness and anger at seeing the condition of the animals. As per reports, it is not the first time, the 22-year-old orangutan was spotted smoking nicotine.

Activist Marison Guciano filmed a video on Sunday that shows a young man flicking his half-smoked cigarette into the primate's enclosure.

Though the ministry admitted that state-run zoos have been performing poorly, they promised plenty of improvement in the near future, as the government has been investing in human resources.