Lady Freethinker and Action for Primates have written to the Attorney General in Malaysia, appealing to him to reconsider a decision not to take action over the horrific torture and killing of baby monkeys on camera for online ‘entertainment’. Footage of the cruelty filmed in Malaysia includes some of the most horrifying and sadistic abuse that has been posted on private platforms, as well as social media platforms such as Facebook. Lady Freethinker and Action for Primates have been investigating the active and vocal monkey hatred community on private online groups and social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

Action for Primates and Lady Freethinker are working with Lawyers for Animal Rights and Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Hidupan Liar Malaysia (Hidup). In January 2023, Hidup filed a report with the police. This dossier of information included harrowing evidence against an individual in Malaysia identified as being responsible for making videos of himself while he tortured and killed baby monkeys to distribute online in “monkey torture groups”. The monkeys being abused were long-tailed macaques, captured from the wild, a native non-human primate species protected according to the Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Act of 2010. Despite the evidence, the report was classified as “No Further Action (NFA)” by the public prosecutor. This decision must be challenged and those responsible for such cruelty must be held to account. We believe strongly that this will act as an important deterrent to others taking part in such appalling behaviour.

Please join Lady Freethinker and Action for Primates in calling upon the authorities to reconsider this alarming decision:

  • Click this E-mail address [email protected] to create sample message you can edit and send to The Honourable Tan Sri Idrus bin Harun, Attorney General, with Cc to YBhg Dato’ Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, Chief Director (ketua pengarah), Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

This is our sample E-mail for people to send:

Dear Attorney General:

I am writing to you regarding the torture and killing of baby monkeys in Malaysia. The abuse was filmed to distribute online, including in ‘monkey torture groups’. The monkeys were long-tailed macaques, a species of non-human primate that is protected according to the 2010 Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Act. A report containing disturbing evidence filed with the Malaysian police force in January 2023, was subsequently classified as ‘No Further Action (NFA)’ by the public prosecutor. This is alarming.

I respectfully appeal to you to reconsider this case of such extreme violence inflicted upon baby monkeys, and to take appropriate action. If people are not punished for such appallingly cruel behaviour, the abuse will continue.

Yours sincerely,