A man cycles past a lemur displayed for sale in Jakarta. The lemur is one of Indonesia's rare and endangered species. An illegal trade in primates for laboratory tests is thriving in the country despite local and international regulations designed to control such exports, a British animal welfare group said.
Does this look like a secret underworld set up for such transactions? A body-guarded back room? Or does it look like a multi-lane thoroughfare? And what kind of local and international regulations do you have Jakarta? The regulations are not relevant if you do not enforce them. Stop taking a big nap, city officials.
Oh, and how do I know you are not enforcing them when I live 10,000 miles from you? Because no one who is fearful of penalty would sell an endangered lemur on a stick next to a busy street unless they had moxie the size of, well, Jakarta.
And while this lemur couldn't be cuter, who wants to own this as a pet? The term "lemur" is derived from the Latin word lemures, meaning "anal dwelling butt monkey". And the lemurs as a species, are ruled by their females who by the way, are dominate in order to manage and survive the unusually high reproductive demands from their counterparts. So unless you are either prepared to subdue a hostile female lemur OR have plans for your pet lemur that would make Caligula proud, why not just get a kitty?