At least 200 apes of various species have been trafficked into Bali since 2008, primarily to be butchered and eaten by people as a curative, according to an activist.
“Bali is one of Indonesia’s main primate trade destinations. One of the most-traded primate species in Bali is the Javanese monkey. That is despite the fact that the Javanese monkey is protected,” Profauna Indonesia chairman Rosek Nursahid said on Sunday in Denpasar as reported by kompas.com.
Monkey trade was fueled by a local belief that monkey meat had healing powers, Rosek said. “Some people believe that ape meat can cure asthma, for one, although there’s no scientific evidence.”
Most of the apes brought to Bali came from Lumajang, Banyuwangi and Jember, East Java, he added
The Jakarta Post, Denpasar, Bali | Sun, 07/03/2011 3:25 PM