Online Videos of Primate Abuse

WHEREAS the International Primatological Society (IPS) stands for the promotion of good welfare of captive primates and conservation of wild primate populations;

WHEREAS there exists today a global subculture that produces, promotes and distributes videos that display purposeful provocation and abuse of animals including primates such as macaques, including those that are very young and vulnerable;

WHEREAS many animals, especially primates, are particularly vulnerable to physical and emotional abuse, especially early in life, that result in lifelong physical and psychological detriments;

WHEREAS the distribution of these videos tends to perpetuate the cycle to produce more videos and increase the monetary value of videos promoting the abuse of animals such as primates;

The International Primatological Society (IPS) therefore expressly opposes the creation, distribution, promotion and consumption of these animal abuse videos and furthermore encourages and supports