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

Haute cuisine: Protestors in Denpasar rally against primate trading on Sunday. Around 200 smuggled Javanese monkeys are smuggled into Bali every year and then butchered and eaten due to a local belief in the curative power of ape meat, according to ProFauna Indonesia. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

 

 

 

The Jakarta Post, Denpasar, Bali | Sun, 07/03/2011 3:25 PM