Security forces are fanning out across Jakarta conducting raids to rescue macaques used in popular street masked monkey performances.
The order came from Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, better known as “Jokowi,” who wants all roadside monkey performances — known here as topeng monyet — gone by next year.
He said that besides improving public order and stopping animal abuse, the move is aimed at preventing diseases carried by the monkeys.
The city government will buy back all monkeys used as street buskers for about $90 and shelter them at a 1-hectare (2.5-acre) preserve at Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo. The handlers and caretakers will be provided vocational training to help find new jobs.