Activists slam treatment of monkeys forced to wear and jump through ...

Activists have slammed a show where monkeys are forced to wear and jump through spiked rings at a zoo in Thailand as 'humiliating' and said the world is 'outraged by gimmicky animal acts'.

Heartbreaking footage also shows the primates wearing make-up, spinning a flaming stick and pretending to sing at Chang Puak Camp in Ratchaburi, before lying on the floor picking their skin as the guests leave.

Animal rights group PETA has called on travel companies to cut ties with such shows, and said some of the monkeys may have had their teeth removed to make them 'compliant'.

Monkeys were also shown wearing a full-face of make-up and pretending to sing in heartbreaking footage at Chang Puak Camp in Ratchaburi, western Thailand

Monkeys were also shown wearing a full-face of make-up and pretending to sing in heartbreaking footage at Chang Puak Camp in Ratchaburi, western Thailand

Animal rights group PETA slammed the footage as 'humiliating' and said the world is 'outraged by gimmicky animal acts'

Animal rights group PETA slammed the footage as 'humiliating' and said the world is 'outraged by gimmicky animal acts'

The disturbing video begins with a monkey in a golden dress leaping through a spiked hoop, before spinning a ball while showing the audience its make-up.

A second monkey wearing shorts and with a rope around its neck then jumps into the air repeatedly before picking its string in an attempt to escape.

The intelligent animals are also shown shaking hands with smiling children, playing guitar, and sitting with one leg over the other pretending to text. 

PETA's senior vice president of international campaigns, Jason Baker, warned circus trainers 'break monkey's spirits using violent methods that rely on fear of punishment' before getting them to perform.

'Monkeys don't choose to walk on their hind legs, wear clothes, ride bikes, or perform other meaningless and humiliating tricks - they've simply learned to fear what will happen if they don't,' he said.

'They force the animals into a lifetime of slavery.'

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