A controversy has erupted over the disclosure of a massive “culling” of long-trailed macaques being conducted by Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) (NRE).
Last year the NRE dispatched nearly 100,000 macaques. A ten percent increase over 2011.
The department explains its actions thusly: “The disturbance caused by the monkeys has undermined the tolerance level of the communities to co-exist with them.”
Reminiscent of a recent post concerning the antagonistic attitudes of villagers towards Red colobus monkeys in Africa, what’s happening to the macaques is yet another example of the earth’s swelling populations of homo sapiens pushing the other species on the planet toward extinction.
Defending its actions the NRE released a statement stressing that the decision to cull the macaques in peninsular Malaysia “was not done in haste.” “Just imagine,” an official explained, “with the culling of 87,819 (animals) in 2011, we still had 4,913 complaints. With…
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