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Macaques Plight hopes to help bring more awareness to the online exploitation of the small primates known as macaques. The mission is to add to the growing number of protests of the victimization of captured macaques, when they are being promoted as well cared for pets in YouTube videos but are actually being abused and cruelly treated by their captors for profit. 

These monkeys usually acquired illegally for the purpose of financial exploitation on YouTube videos are replaced when they age and are often released, if they survive captivity, without any of the procedures that a wildlife rehap facility might use to assess that they are healthy and don’t carry new communicable diseases that can spread to humans.​ This industry benefits no one but YouTube, the advertisers and channels.

An increasing number of networks of channels exist worldwide including those which are run by an overseer who subcontracts, sometimes hiring actors to portray owners. Some channels may cite countries where monetization is allowed if their country does not. The primates used so far have been several species of macaques and the location of filming for a channel is where the primates are available, either as indigenous inhabitants or they have been trafficked to fill a demand. 


YouTube can and does place ads on these channels whether or not the creator is paid. Income from ads is one driving force for the channel creators, who may also solicit donations and business inquiries on the channel. They run on the video while viewers visit the channel returning repeatedly to the comment section where the video/ad is not visible. The advertiser, who may assume the ad is always seen, gets paid, but it's questionable as to whether there are sales.

Since the "abused pet monkey for profit" scam is flourishing at YouTube, we seek to add a voice with petitions to YouTube to do the right thing: Develop artificial intelligence used in facial recognition to identify the exploited breeds. Upgrade community guidelines in response, create a category which allows clear reporting and instruct their reviewers to close the channels on the first offense for the benefit of the truly unfortunate victims of greed that captive baby monkeys are. This will support reducing the stress on animal rescue services and wildlife organizations resources, address health concerns that if they are illegally trafficked, discarded macaques may at some point be carrying contagious viruses such as COVID 19. and lessen the growing demand for them as exotic pets.

Awareness for captive pet primates.



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