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Letter to the editor- Animal cruelty is not funny

To the editor:

Owning a monkey can drive you bananas?

What a sad letter it was from Peace Corps volunteer Brennan Wenck regarding the pathetic, terrified monkey he and his “gringo” friends bought for $13. Monkeys make poor pets even under the best of circumstances. It is a sick business – impoverished people capturing monkeys, often tearing babies from their mothers and selling them on the streets. A trade that enlightened Peace Corps volunteers should discourage or at the very least not support.

In what would pass for humor, Wenck tells us that the monkey “was stressed, to say the least;” “did not like what was going on;” “did not want to come near us;” “ran to the other side of the room;” “pooped all over the house … all diarrhea.”

When Martina tried to escape, she was chased all through Tupiza. Unfortunately, Martina was captured and went on a rampage … dug up gardens, beat up a dog and rabbits, bit a small girl. Martina wasn’t the only one having a bad time entertaining the gringos.

What would pass at first glance as a funny story about an out-of-control monkey and some guys having a good time is really an example of the type of animal abuse that occurs all over the world. This is an opportunity for Wenck to teach people about respecting animals and preserving wildlife. I don’t think this is the kind of behavior the Peace Corps encourages in our international representatives.

Carla Ennis

South Lake Tahoe

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