There is a show called "My Child is a Monkey". This is not a show about children acting like little monkeys, hanging on gym equipment and acting silly. No, this is a show where grown women adopt monkeys believing they can raise them like small children, or, as one of the people in the show said, "a forever two year old". Now, I have to admit, when I saw the baby capuchin monkeys, I was entranced. These were truly adorable creatures! I can understand where people would want to pick them up and cuddle them. However, the more I watched this show, the more I felt that the people taking part in this strange experiment of turning monkeys into surrogate children, the more I began to think that these people were selfish at best and mentally ill at worst.
The monkeys are dangerous. We'll start there because those of us with children know that we didn't worry that our two year olds would rip our faces off, slash us, bite us, or otherwise create mayhem in our (and potentially other) lives. They are not domesticated animals, but wild animals being asked to live in a domestic environment. The monkeys are not in a natural habitat. They aren't eating what monkeys are supposed to eat, and in fact one of the monkey moms on the show was told she was shortening by years the life span of her monkey children because they were getting diabetes from eating the chips and junk she was giving them. Even after being told that, she continued to feed them the same garbage. This was not indulgence but borderline abuse, in my opinion. You may have acclimated your monkey to eat french fries but that is not a natural food for a monkey and it is unhealthy for them to have it! If your child had diabetes, would you feed them a Snickers because they like it?
People who truly love animals know that while baby capuchin monkeys are adorable, it is in their best interest to have them live with other monkeys and not rip them from their mothers to live with people because we think they are "cute". We know to teach our children to respect nature and the best way to do that is to support natural preserves and animal programs that allow animals to live healthfully and with dignity in the wild and/or places where they are cared for as they are accustomed to be cared for, living wild and free and eating healthy natural foods. Shows like "My Child is a Monkey" show the intrinsic selfishness of man.
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