A monkey was “arrested” in Pakistan after crossing the Indian border. Wildlife officials in Pakistan’s Punjab province captured the monkey on the 5th of December following a hectic chase. As if this wasn't bad enough, the 4-year-old monkey (named “Bobby”) has been taken to Bahawalpur zoo, lodged next to a local monkey, Raju, who recently made headlines after escaping from the zoo. The government-run zoo in Punjab has previously received multiple complaints from tourists and locals for its cruel treatment of animals. PETA has asked for the closure of this zoo.
The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) has complained to Shahid Malik, Pakistan’s ambassador to India, asking for the release of the monkey. Arpan Sharma from FIAPO has said that “we hope that the authorities will do the needful. Let the monkey be a messenger of peace & freedom and not of captivity & confinement”.
I respectfully ask that you immediately release Bobby and relocate him to his natural habitat!