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ORANGU-BANG

Daily Record


TOURISTS are flocking to watch the latest sick craze orangutan boxing. The usually gentle primates are dressed in shorts and boxing gloves before being forced to slug it out.

Their plight has been highlighted by British experts Jim and Alison Cronin.

The couple filmed the bouts secretly in a safari park in Thailand for a TV programme.

Alison explained: ``It's very distressing to watch, they are kick boxing.

``We are dead set against anything like that where you see wild animals dressed up performing like circus animals.'' The ring recruits are snatched from south-east Asian rain forests by trappers.

Conservationists fear orangutans will become extinct in the wild in 10 years.

Furious animal rights groups have slammed the ``sport'' and are calling on tourists to boycott the shows.

RSPCA spokeswoman Katie Geary said: ``As long as people are going to these cruel forms of entertainment they are going to continue the trade.''

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