‘MONKEY CLUBS’ ARE THE NEWEST WAY TO FLAUNT WEALTH
Matt Case - January 19th, 2024 - 5:59am PST
MEXICO CITY — In an emerging trend among Mexico's wealthy, attending underground "monkey clubs" featuring smuggled spider monkeys has become a status symbol. These exclusive gatherings, often frequented by affluent individuals and suspected drug lords, showcase the monkeys adorned in miniature hats and ruffled dresses.
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The trend has extended to social media platforms like TikTok, where videos of these monkeys, often dancing at extravagant birthday parties, have garnered significant attention. The practice raises concerns about wildlife trafficking and animal welfare.
Cartels have popularized exotic pet ownership in Culiacan, according to a report. ClubMonkeyCuliacan/Instagram