In the capital of Malaysia, macaques rob local residents and take food from tourists. In response, they shoot them and hide firecrackers for food.
A common place for observing monkeys is Batu caves. Sethi Party, an employee of these places, said that the city macaques refuse to live in the jungle in favor of tourists. Monkeys steal bananas from stores at the time of their delivery, and then they will be mixed into neighboring garbage cans.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day after day, the land is cleared for housing and factories. Natural habitats have been destroyed, but monkeys are still nearby. We occupied their habitat.[/perfectpullquote]
In November 2006, the Malaysian authorities promised to remove the monkeys from the streets of Kuala Lumpur. According to the country’s leadership, macaques cause damage to local residents living in the “residential areas” of the capital, as well as in fashionable residential areas. Farmers were forced to build electric fences in order to prevent the macaques from harming their crops.
In 2010, the monkey entered the house and grabbed a newborn baby. Running out on the roof, the macaque threw the girl to the ground. Her parents returned home and found her body in the backyard. Officers from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks tracked down the monkey and shot it after it began to show aggression.
Since 2010, the government began a mass shooting of macaques, killing 57 thousand monkeys in a year. In 2012, the figure increased to 97 thousand. The Department of Wildlife said the shooting is done for the sake of human safety and reducing economic losses: “We should see a bigger picture, not focus on numbers.
In the period from 2013 to 2016, up to 70 thousand animals were shot annually. According to statistics, from 2010 to 2014, residents of the city filed 21,000 complaints of harassment by the macaques.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Shooting a monkey is the final step when it harms or threatens people’s lives.[/perfectpullquote]
Animal rights groups called for sterilization rather than killing macaques. The Wildlife Department of the National Parks Department experimented with castration, but concluded that mass sterilization is too expensive. Some organizations, such as the Malaysian Nature Society, have launched a series of school lectures on behavior with monkeys.
Professor Badrul Munir believes that if a sufficient number of people refrain from feeding the monkeys on a large scale, their places of accumulation will decrease and they will become less likely to disturb people. “In the botanical garden of Penang there were problems with the macaques that were chasing people. They put a sign on the ban to feed the monkeys and got rid of the problem, ”he said.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Many people in Malaysia are hoping for a future in which much fewer monkeys will drive lecturers to the toilets, steal confidential military documents from postmen, and disturb residents.[/perfectpullquote]
A somewhat different attitude to macaques is observed in rural regions – having come to terms with the inability to get rid of monkeys, villagers tame them and force them to make a profit. The most common work for monkeys in such areas is picking fruits and nuts.