Last night on the Channel 7 program "Sunday" they
featured a segment on animals helping disabled people. The program featured
a pony, a dog and a monkey. I do not know too much about the training of
dogs and ponies but have read a lot about monkeys (mainly capuchins) and
their training etc to help disabled people.
Capuchins have their
teeth removed so they do not attack the disabled person once they mature
sexually. They are denied proper diets because of removal of teeth, they are
denied companionship from other monkeys and the training is not pleasant.
They are basically a slave.
Helping hands was featured on last night
program warning Channel 7 the animal rights people will speak out.
There was one attempt that I know of to train a macaque to help disabled in
Australia. We got photos of this monkey and eventually got the authorities
to remove the macaque. He was brought to NSW and the zoo eventually closed
down. There have been humans attacked by their monkey carers.
Please watch this at
There is a segment titles Lives changed by animal helpers. Then if
you are alarmed at this there is a "Contact Us" button. Please send you
comments. Primates for Primates and IPPL Australia will be contacting them
with reasons that explain that this is not the warm fuzzy feeling story they
were trying to make out it was.