Dubai nightclub's pet monkey causes major animal rights backlash
A Dubai nightclub has come under fire after a monkey was pictured on a leash at the venue, with images of the simian flooding social media networks earlier this week, the Emirates 24/7 news site reported on Tuesday.
“While one of the images shows the close-up of the animal, another shows a man posing with the monkey perched on its shoulder. However, the third image of a man tipping a bottle near the monkey’s mouth has horrified many on social media,” the website reported.
On its Facebook page, the Vanity nightclub issued a statement: “Last Tuesday, a client visited the club and managed to sneak in his pet monkey without the knowledge of the staff. We would like to assure you that the second a staff member noticed this, he/she informed the manager of the club, which immediately removed the client from the club and has been banned permanently from the club.
“We would never condone such an action and we would be more than happy to meet anyone who has concerns.”
While images of the monkey have now been removed by Vanity on its official Facebook page, users are still posting their anger at what they perceive to be animal abuse.
A female visitor at the club wrote on the club’s Facebook page: “I can’t believe my eyes. This is animal abuse, pure and simple.”
Sabrina Walle, managing director at Petzone Veterinary Clinic in Dubai, told local newspaper 7DAYS a club was “physically and psychologically not the right environment for a monkey.”
Facebook user Tiya Fa wrote: “The worst club in the world with terrible ethics. Animal abuse takes place here right under their nose.”
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