New Delhi. If a small amount of damage is caused by one monkey or a group of monkeys, should the monkeys of the whole country be punished for it? Can a country order the extermination of an entire population of nuisance monkeys? A similar decision is being taken in the Caribbean country of Sint Maarten. The Guardian has reported that the entire population of vervet monkeys has been approved. In fact, the people of this country have described this monkey as a rowdy and dangerous monkey.
However, after this order, many environmentalists and animal lovers of the world have demanded to change this order. Animal lovers have said that instead of killing monkeys, their method of sterilization and neutering can also be tried. According to reports, an NGO in Sint Maarten has been selected by the government for this work and has been entrusted with the task of catching and killing all the monkeys. Three years time has been given for this work.
The vervet monkey was introduced from South Africa, not from the Caribbean
Leski Hickerson, manager of the Nature Foundation, told that when a species is increasing its population in such an area, while it is not the native species of that area, it should be protected. This vervet monkey is also not of Caribbean origin. Here its population can be controlled so that this animal is available for the coming generations to see. Monkeys of this species were brought to the Caribbean country in the 17th century. These vervet monkeys have brownish-brown body with brown spots and black face with white fur. Animal lover and founder of the Vervet Monkey Foundation in South Africa, Dave du Toit, has said that the elimination of any species is not a good decision. I do not agree with the decision to kill vervet monkeys. You can sterilize some of these monkeys to solve the problem.
Tags: monkey, Monkey’s problem, population control
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 19, 2023, 23:50 IST