Outrage over monkey killing

2015-12-15 06:00
Photo: supplied  The monkey that was brutally killed.

Photo: supplied The monkey that was brutally killed.

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ANIMAL rights organisations along with the Kloof and Highway SPCA and members of the Upper Highway community are outraged after a monkey was beaten to death with a garden pick last week.

Lisa Gadd of the SPCA said that inspector Petra Abrams received a frantic call from a woman on the emergency phone line about a monkey that had been beaten to death in her neighbour’s garden.

“Inspector Petra Abrams and Kerrie Andrews of the Kloof and Highway SPCA arrived at the scene to find the gruesome discovery of a young male vervet monkey that had been brutally beaten to death with a large hedge cutter and the handle of a garden pick,” she said.

“The employee admitted to beating the monkey to death. When asked why he would do such a thing, all he could say was ‘sorry’. It is unclear at this stage how the monkey was caught, investigations will continue as we build our case against the accused.”

Gadd said that the barbaric way in which this animal was bludgeoned to death, has left the inspectors deeply disturbed.

“A case of animal cruelty has been opened and we hope justice will be served.

“It is so sad that this poor defenceless monkey’s life was of no importance to the person who beat it to death so brutally, we will never condone animal cruelty” said SPCA manager Barbara Patrick.

Steve Smit of Monkey Helpline was outraged with this barbaric attack and urged members of the community to contact him if a monkey is in need of assistance in the community.

He said that as a non-profit organisation MH tries as much as it can to save, house and feed as many monkeys as possible.

“On any given day MH has over a hundred monkeys in its home-based, “high-care” facility. Once they have recovered from their injuries these monkeys are released back into their home territory, transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation centre or placed in a primate sanctuary.

“As the only dedicated monkey rescue project in KwaZulu-Natal, MH is available to carry out rescues 24 hours a day, every day, including Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, every other public holiday and weekends. But to do this Monkey Helpline needs support.

“MH relies entirely on public donations and receives no financial support from local, provincial or national government, or from any other animal welfare organisation in South Africa. We rely on your compassion and generosity to help us to continue being able to help the monkeys,” Smit added.

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