Outcry after monkey shot and killed with pellet gun

The monkey was picked up on the lawn of the estate on Monday and rushed to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. She was riddled with pellet bullets and one of the bullets had shattered her jaw. Her wounds were severely infected and full of maggots.
Animal welfare organisations and animal lovers expressed their disgust on social media this week and the photos and posts were shared countrywide.
“We have a question to ask. Why do people want to live in an area surrounded by mountains and indigenous vegetation when they cannot tolerate the presence of wildlife? They pay millions to be in nature but still, they destroy it,” one of the organisations posted on its Facebook page.
Another posted: “Died despite the heroic efforts of the vet team at Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. We found her lying under a tree on a beautifully manicured lawn at a golfing estate yesterday . She was riddled with pellets. She must have suffered immensely. There was no need for this. When you live in a wildlife paradise you should surely adjust your life just a tiny bit to co-exist peacefully with the animals who lived there first? But that seems to be an impossible task for some.”
“Shooting a pellet gun in an urban area is illegal and suspects can be prosecuted. The community is requested to report such shootings to the closest police station,” said Romano van der Spuy, chairman of the Hartbeespoort Community Policing Forum.

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Daleen van Manen
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