Monday, October 27, 2008

Creating a monkey pet

Domestication of animals by humans has been the prerequisite to the development of complex societies. It all started with artifical selection by humans to bring animal populations under their care to produce food (such as pigs, chicken) and commodities (such as wool from sheep and silk from worms), to assist human work (such as water buffalos, cows), to allow for faster and more efficient transport (such as camels, horses), to offer protection (such as dogs, elefants), to experiment with them (such as rats, mice) and to enjoy them as pets (such as cats, goldfish, hamster).

Washing a monkey. Is this crueler than other forms of domestication?

Putting the topic into more general terms. Are modern genetics a form of domestication of the human being? Will humans look like the monkey in the second picture if they can express themselves afterwards?

Pictures from Jakarta's
Pramuka Market, October 2008.

P.S. Can somebody help what kind of monkey it is on the pictures? Often endangered species can still be found on Pramuka market.

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At October 27, 2008 at 8:14 PM, Blogger Rob Baiton said...

So he just dunks it in the bucket of water and then that's the washing done?

At October 27, 2008 at 9:15 PM, Blogger brommel said...

... and then he combs the fur with a tooth brush... more pictures to follow

At October 31, 2008 at 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor little fellow...


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