This article reminds me of the issue around delisting the Grizzly bear in the United States. Another sensitive, highly intelligent creature treated as a game animal.
WESTERN CAPE 2015:
The con in conservation.
During my seventeen years working with wild primates, one nagging concern remained consistent: our nature conservation authorities appeared to be on the wrong side.The 2015 hunting notice allows for baboons/monkeys to be killed using various methods once again instilling the chilling reminder that they seem to support the self-serving interests of farmers and hunters at the expense of the environment. If our nature conservation authorities are unable to view the environment as a whole but continue to support legislation that allows so-called “problem species” (as defined by certain sectors of society) to be persecuted, we are given little hope for South Africa’s environmental future.
The vervet monkey and chacma baboon are protected and listed under appendix two of C.I.T.E.S which warns that trade in these species needs to be monitored to ensure they do not become endangered.
Except for the Cape Peninsula in…
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