Photo of the day

From an In Focus animals in the news gallery:

A macaque monkey catches knives as it works with a trainer at the Qilingang Monkey Farm on February 2, 2016, in Baowan village, Xinye County, Henan Province, China. The area boasts a centuries-long and lucrative history of raising and training monkeys for performance. In Xinye, villagers are seeing an increase in business with the lunar calendar’s “Year of the Monkey.” Farmers say most of the monkeys are bred and raised for domestic zoos, circuses, and performing groups, but add that some are also sold for medical research in China and the United States. Despite the popularity of the tradition, critics contend the training methods and conditions constitute animal cruelty.

Kevin Frayer / Getty
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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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