Monkeys forced to ride dogs and motorbikes in twisted ‘Torture Island’ circus

Monkeys are forced to ride dogs and motorbikes in a twisted resort filled with sickening stunts.

The sickening spectacle called 'Monkey Island' is off the coast of Nha Trang in Vietnam and sees other animals such as bears paraded in front of tourist crowds.

Animal welfare charity Animals Asia branded the resort "horrific", while a tourist who witnessed the disturbing show renamed the Vietnamese destination 'Torture Island'.

Dave Neale, 49, animal welfare director at Animals Asia, told the Daily Mirror: “Monkeys ride tiny motorbikes around a track. They are put on the back of dogs and the dogs are raced.

“They also get the monkeys to race in a swimming pool. They put food at one end and these monkeys swim across.

"Bears are also used for performances, they ride motorbikes or normal bicycles.

“I’ve been to the resort a few times. It’s horrific. It’s an abusive place. You can see the animals are fearful of the trainers in the arenas. They are brandishing sticks.

“We know they hit them in training as you can see the reaction in the animals. They give the animals threatening looks and show them the stick.

“From a young age they have been intimidated by trainers to perform these tricks. To get them to sit on a motorbike must take quite a lot of domination.

“Eventually they do it as they know they’ve received some physical punishment for not doing it in the past.”

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The 49-year-old from Coventry, said the circus on 'Monkey Island' is free of charge to visitors.

He said: “People don’t pay to watch the circus. They pay to stay on the island and these shows happen around them.

“We’ve reached out to the owner, Long Phu Corporation, to talk about the circus as we can offer homes to some of the animals. They are just using it as something to attract people to the island.

“But we haven’t had any response back so far.”

Dave said he went behind the circus stage after one show and found the animals held in cramped cages.

He added: “That was difficult to deal with. They are in that situation for 23 hours a day.”

He slammed the circus as a stain on the island, which is known for its golden beaches and wild monkeys.

Visitors have left positive reviews about the island online, celebrating its beauty, with some even saying they enjoyed the twisted circus shows.

Others however condemned the abuse, with one writing: “Trip is appropriate only for people that do not feel empathy for animals. It is essentially torture island circus.”

A second said: "I am still haunted by what I saw here, blatant animal cruelty.

"The free roaming monkeys seem ok but they are putting on animal shows, races where the petrified animals are basically being hit to perform.

"I walked off in the end as couldn't watch after they made a traumatised dressed up bear ride a motorbike."

The Daily Star has approached Long Phu Corporation for comment.

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