"animal trainers in Marrakech" Djamaa El Fna - Square Tip by touristtourist

Djamaa El Fna - Square, Marrakesh: 143 reviews and 289 photos

The square is a fantastic experience but i would advise anyone not to give money to animal handlers. Extract from an animal charity working in Morocco
But, out of all the animal suffering in Marrakesh, perhaps the most shocking and upsetting of all is the monkey performers. Monkeys are kept in small and cramped boxes throughout the day where they can suffer from heat stroke and illness, due to a lack of space and high temperatures. When night fall arrives, monkeys are forced to perform whilst heavy chains are placed around their necks. As unknowing tourists walk by, monkey trainers throw the animals on to the shoulders of the tourists by wrenching the monkey by the neck and forcing them to climb the tourists body. Without showing any consideration for the suffering the monkeys endure, monkey trainers repeat this routine every single night.

Prior to becoming performers, monkeys endure several months of rigorous training which includes having chains placed around their necks whilst they are attached to a ceiling, which forces their bodies to adopt a straight posture. During this cruel process, handlers often tie a monkeys hands behind their backs and deny the animals food. While widespread suffering of cats, mules, donkeys, horses, snakes and monkeys is common in Marrakesh, there is one charity helping to make a difference.

The Fondation Helga Heidrich SOS Animaux helps rescue injured, abused and suffering animals from the streets of Marrakesh. The organisation also helps spay and neuter cats and dogs, to help combat the growing problem of overpopulation. The charity runs an animal sanctuary in Marrakesh which houses around 85 dogs, 30 cats and 36 equines.

Tourists can help combat the problems facing animals in Marrakesh by helping to feed stray animals and by avoiding giving money to horse and cart carriages, monkey performs and snake charmers. To add to this, tourists can urge animal handlers to treat their animals better, by providing their animals with more nourishment, by cutting the animals work hours and by stopping the physical abuse of their animals.

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  • Written Oct 18, 2011
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