Primates are wild animals that live and thrive in nature. They are not pets and they are not entertainment for Instagram, tiktok or YouTube.
They do not wear clothes, and they do not belong in cages nor on chains. Yet primates are poached from the wild and sold as pets. Many watching their whole families murdered. Worse yet, the money paid to buy a primate goes to support hunters and criminals that profit from the illegal exploitation of nature.
Wildlife exploiters are easy to find, take Dean Schneider for example(Whom Gabo Wildlife has already exposed for animal abuse after sharing a video of Schneider punching one of his captive held and bought lions), we also have Meric Izgi whom was publicly arrested and his illegally kept monkey taken away and placed into care but he continue to buy more once evading authorities. This new breed of social media influencer and wildlife exploiter purchase or use interactions with wild and exotic animals to gain notoriety and profit on social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. They are responsible for feeding the barbaric wildlife trade and are also responsible for the growing demand in exotic animals held as pets.
These influencers are more about showboating egos and titillating audiences at the expense of animals than about education and remember donations and money pours in from these various exploitation methods. Does the public really need to see a half dressed man playing ‘Peek a Boo’, with a fully grown apex predator in order to realize how important and morally imperative it is to respect and protect that animal?
Many celebrity wildlife exhibitors and Self-professed wildlife warriors make their livings by posting video after video harassing and mishandling animals who should be free in the wild… Of course watching wildlife on various Media platforms sells, it appeals to a lot people, but I think it’s very misleading and placing a demand for exotic aninals to be bought as pets. To obtain one primate alive, up to 10 adults are typically slaughtered. The then remaining infant primate is sold on into the wildlife trade, yes the cute little bundle you see on social media platforms was stolen from the wild and their entire family slaughtered.
The Times Newspaper was first to publish Gabo Wildlife’s exposure on Dean Schneider and fully credits our work.
Epistle News covered the story adding an exclusive interview.
The Getaway published and credited Gabo Wildlife, “In February, a video showing Schneider punch one his lions was released by Gabo, a wildlife conservation and welfare organisation that campaigns, among other causes, for stopping canned lion hunting.”
Dispatch live featured an exclusive interview with, The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).Douglas Wolhuter of the NSPCA wildlife protection unit told TimesLIVE the punishment meted out to the cub, which appeared to have scratched Schneider, was abnormal and excessive. Again fully backing up Gabo Wildlife’s concerns.
Toofab credits Gabo Wildlife.