Monkey talks end in accord

2010-10-19 00:00

A “PRODUCTIVE” meeting was held at Kranztkloof Nature Reserve yesterday to discuss, among other topics, the public outcry against putting monkeys down.

Said Jeff Gaisford, spokesperson for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW), “We are all agreed that there are standard processes to be followed, the norms and standards … but the meeting also identified weaknesses in the norms and standards which we have all committed ourselves to addressing.”

He said the controversy about euthanasing monkeys in recent weeks was regrettable, but added that he is happy that the meeting looked at ways to address challenges rather than dwelling on the past.

The meeting followed an outcry over the euthanasing of Johan Olivier’s two tame monkeys by EKZNW.

Last week Gaisford defended the decision to euthanase Doonsie and Billy, the parents of a baby monkey, saying the matter had been rigorously debated and done in conformity with norms and standards and with input from experts.

Olivier initially thought his three monkeys had all been euthanased, but EKZNW disclosed that the baby monkey, Crumb, was not killed.

It, however, declined to reveal Crumb’s whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Steve Smit, spokesperson for the Monkey Helpline, said the meeting was constructive and the particiapants agreed that there had been some shortcomings in the current system and processes that needed to be addressed.

He said that although EKZNW did not concede that they had not followed proper procedure, there was agreement at the meeting that there should be no finger-pointing

Smit noted that some people at the meeting wanted to know who had made the call for euthanasing the monkeys.

He described the five-hour meeting as being “heated at times”.

He said Monkey Hotline believed that the decision to euthanase the monkeys had been flawed.

“We agreed in the meeting that processes should be put in place to ensure that this kind of thing does not happen again,” Smit said.

Attempts to get hold of Olivier were unsuccessful.

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