Lonely monkeys and Sulphur-crested cockatoo in Tateyama city, Chiba
We, the Animal Rights Center, received a few reports about monkeys being treated horribly at Shirayama park that is operated by Tateyama city in Chiba prefecture in 2017.
When we investigated, we found that two monkeys were kept separately in rough tiny cages. We had never seen such small cages, and the monkeys were not given anything.
We contacted Tateyama city to request a visit to the park.
There were 1 cockatoo, 1 fantail pigeon, and 46 peacocks in addition to the 2 monkeys. We learned that the city is not planning to add any more animals, so these animals are just there to die.
There is no doubt it’s the right decision to add no more animals as we should stop using animals for entertainment.
However, we believe that these last animals deserve better treatment. Improvements must be made.
It’s Tateyama city’s responsibility to provide dignity for the rest of their lives after the animals from the wild.
Since the visit, we’ve been requesting to improve their situations, but we’ve reached the limit.
We demand imminent actions especially for a monkey called Ran-chan.
Situations for Animals at the Park
Female, born in 1993.
The size of her cage is about 1-1.5 meters in depth, 2 meters in width, and 20 centimeters in height.
She has one square board to sleep on and a log. That’s it.
The staff only sweeps the bottom of the cage since the cage is raised above the ground.
They never go into the cage.
Ran-chan is unable to hide, so if people try to reach out, they can easily touch her.
The cage is so small, and kids sometimes play with it.
We saw her house leaning in January 2019.
Female, born in 2001.
The size of the cage is about 4 meters x 1.5 meters standing on the hill.
The cage has a concrete floor with a hanging tire. There is a board to sleep on.
When the staff cleans, Jo-chan is put in a box placed in a shack near the cage.
The cages for these two monkeys are apart, they barely see each other from a distance.
Jun-chan (Sulphur-crested cockatoo)
About 20 years of age.
Since another cockatoo was attacked by a Japanese weasel a few years ago, Jun-chan was moved to the current cage, which is inside another tiny cage.
At night, the cage is taken out to a shack.
Since being moved to this small cage, Jun-chan hasn’t spoken much.
There is nothing to peck and no room to fly, Jun-chan moves back and forth just pecking the cage repeatedly.
Request of improvements and what has been improved
Originally, they bought the snow monkey from Ueno zoo.
Snow monkeys live in matrilineal societies. It’s hard for any female monkeys that don’t belong to the group to join the group later on because they tend to get attacked, which may result in death.
We tried to find a place that can accept these monkeys but to no avail, so we requested the park to make improvements instead.
We’ve suggested a simple drawing of a cage utilizing the space next to the peacock shack.
We also suggested enrichment plans including an idea of getting these two monkeys together. We recommended a cage that could fit these two.
However, the city estimated the budget very high for the plan so it didn’t get approved.
They put blankets that were donated in the cage, but soon got removed as they claimed the blankets would get dirty.
The blankets were not actually for the warmth as monkeys have their own coat, rather they were for enrichment, that is, the blankets are there for the monkeys to play with, bite, and cover.
It’s so disappointing as so little improvements were made, such as adding a roof for the cage for Ran-chan and adding times to say hi to these animals.
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As for the Suphor-crested cockatoo, the city asked us to look for a place to adopt the bird, so we asked TSUBASA, an NPO bird rescue group, who kindly accepted our offer.
Through the course of dialogue between Tateyama city and TSUBASA, the city decided not to give the bird away.
The improvement has not been made while the city had asked TSUBASA to draw a plan of a big cage.
The only improvement is that they changed the metal perch to a wooden one.
What we request
They live in tiny poor cages as though animals have no dignity.
There are indeed staff members who can do carpenter work at the park.
If they got creative, they could easily mend the existing cages adding thick wooden boards. It would not be expensive, and make it a double-cage (since this area is already caged) next to the peacock shack.
Ran-chan’s cage is already leaning so it must be fixed immediately.
Behavioral enrichment includes more than greeting the animals. It’s about giving animals environments where they can actually take time to collect food, get stimulated by new smell or touching, being given toys every day, or having dirt and bedding.
These could begin now.
It’s important especially for lonely animals.
These animals must see veterinarians regularly, too.
Sulphur-crest cockatoos can live up to 50 years. Meanwhile, the monkeys, peacocks, fantail pigeons, and the staff can be gone.
The bird must be released immediately.
The Animal Welfare Law states “every person shall secure an environment to care and manage animals by taking into account the kinds of animals and their natural habitat.”
This obligation is not fulfilled. For decades, the animals have been undignified by improper care and environment.
When handling animals, every person shall properly feed or water within a scope of achieving goals to care or maintain, and manage health of animals and secure an environment to care and manage animals by taking into account the kinds of animals and their natural habits.
Please send your voice to Tateyama city!
To Mayor Kenichi Kanamaru
An email to send your voice
Snail mails: Hojo 1145-1, Tateyama-shi, Chiba-ken, 294-8601
To Tateyama City Planning Division
Telephone (for the park) ; 0470-22-3610
If you go near Tateyama city, please take a look at the monkeys and the cockatoo to film the situations, then send them to the Animal Rights Center.
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