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Where is Monkey Town?

Situated 40 km outside Cape Town and 3km outside Somerset West on N2 to Caledon.

Who exposed the abuse at Monkey Town?

Volunteers, Karen Trendler of Animal Rights Africa and Carte Blanche - a South African TV corruption watchdog.  Despite three Carte Blanche visits exposing the animal abuse at Monkey Town the South African authorities are refusing to act.

Abuses and neglect noted at Monkey Town

The complaints, discussions and subsequent visit indicate that there are very serious welfare, legal, ethical and conservation concerns at Monkey Town, with inadequate to absent management, maintenance, husbandry and veterinary care of the animals to the extent that there is blatant neglect, negligence and in some cases cruelty.

Sadly this has not been a short term or temporary situation, but appears to be  ongoing and with further deterioration and no apparent effort or willingness by the owner to rectify the situation or address the problems.

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           DOCUMENTED ABUSE AND/OR NEGLECT AT MONKEY TOWN

* Primates left outside at night in the bitter cold

* Primates goaded with weed-eaters (allegedly now not being done any more)

* Dominant primate frequently attacks inferior male—no place of safety for the victim

* Primate babies left unattended—died

* Meshing too wide—mutilated primate fingers due to primates biting each other through the meshing

* Slimy water and lack of food

* Broken cages—causing injury to animals

* Fighting for food—Weaker animals starving

* No greens provided for the natural feed-browsing of the primates

* Young farm animals can’t get to the food easily—troughs too high

* Little to no veterinary care—unless ordered by the SPCA

* Little to no bedding for animals—sleep on concrete floors

* Two pigs donated to the farm animals’ section slaughtered two days later

* Skin diseases rife

* Birds dying within four days of arrival

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Press Release Nov 2008

Animal Rights Africa-Report on Monkey Town Primate Centre Somerset West, by Karen The complaints, discussions and subsequent visit indicate that there are very serious welfare, legal, ethical and conservation concerns at Monkey Town, with inadequate to absent management, maintenance, husbandry and veterinary care of the animals to the extent that there is blatant neglect, negligence and in some cases cruelty.

Sadly this has not been a short term or temporary situation to appears to have been ongoing and with further deterioration and no apparent effort or willingness on behalf of the owner to rectify the situation or address the problems.

Without the commitment of the volunteers, the situation would be considerably worse and they have, within their limited capacity and with limited resources, tried to improve life for the animals.

Something needs to be done urgently about the conditions at Monkey Town.  More....

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Press release 15 April 2009

SPCA's ongoing fight to prevent alleged animal abuse at Monkey Town

An exposé on Carte Blanche on Sunday 12 April highlighted the poor living conditions of some of the animals at Monkey Town near Sir Lowry's Pass outside of Cape Town.

The programme featured interviews with Cape of Good Hope (COGH) SPCA Senior Wildlife Inspector, Kira Joshua who has been leading investigations into this establishment over the past 18 months. In addition to the comments made by Senior Inspector Joshua on Sunday's programme, here follows additional details on the action taken by the COGH SPCA against Monkey Town since August 2007.

The COGH SPCA Inspectorate acted immediately after receiving the first complaint in August 2007. Senior Wildlife Inspector Kira Joshua conducted an inspection the next day and issued warnings to the owners to take the necessary remedial action. In terms of this warning, if improvements were not made they would face charges under the Animals Protection Act.  More.....

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Press Release  14 April 2009

(this release was also posted at SanWild Notice Board)

GOVERNMENT CONSERVATION AGENCIES BLAMED FOR

MONKEY BUSINESS-Animal Rights Africa

"Very disturbing and requiring urgent intervention and collaboration on the part of the provincial nature conservation authorities, animal rights and welfare agencies and national government", was how Animal Rights Africa (ARA) responded to this week's MNET's Carte Blanche expose of living conditions and alleged neglect and abuse of animals at Monkey Town situated near Somerset West in the Western Cape.

"We are extremely concerned that this zoo, which is taking money from the public, can operate in terms of a permit issued to them by CapeNature without there being stringent and monitored welfare conditions attached to the granting of the permit", said ARA spokesperson, Michele Pickover. "We have had meetings with senior officials of CapeNature to voice our concerns about Monkey Town and other private animal facilities to whom they have issued permits and quite frankly, we are appalled at the lack animal welfare monitoring by them of facilities such as Monkey Town. Both CapeNature and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA have been aware of problems at Monkey Town for a long time and yet until now little or nothing has been done by them to address the problems and improve the living conditions of the animals there."  More...

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Carte Blanche-TV Program

Carte Blanche: Monkey Town Revisited (Part 1)

Part 1: We return three months after our first visit to the Monkey Town private zoo in Somerset West.

Cart Blanche-TV Program

Carte Blanche: Monkey Town Revisited (Part 2)

Part 2: Carte Blanche returns to find out whether the chimps are still terrorised by weed-eaters.

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          CONTACT DETAILS

Cape Nature Conservation

Tel: +27 (0) 21 659 3446 Cell: +27 (0) 72 488 6768

Media /PR   Liesl Brink        lbrink@capenature.co.za

CEO           Lucille Meyer   zparkar@capenature.co.za

CFO          Lindeni Madlala  lmadlala@capenature.co.za

SPCA

Tel:  +27 (0) 21 700 4140

Chief Inspector      Andries Venter

inspmanager@spca-ct.co.za

South African Veterinary Foundation

Project Executive     Dr Kobus du Toit     savf@savf.co.za

Monkey Town, Somerset West, SA.

Tel: +27 (0) 21 858 1060 Fax: +27 (0) 21 858 1082

pro@monkeys.co.za

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Letter to
Cape Nature Conservation Liesl Brink
SPCA Andries Venter
SA Veterinary Foundation Dr Kobus du Toit
I was outraged to learn that Cape Nature Conservation and the SPCA authorities have done little to nothing about the documented animal abuse and neglect at Monkey Town, Somerset West.

Despite repeated television exposure on Carte Blanche and public outrage neither the Cape Nature Conservation nor the SPCA have seen fit to uphold and enforce the animal protection laws of South Africa.

Links to documented abuse and/or neglect:

Carte Blanche—TV Program Carte Blanche: Monkey Town Revisited (Part 1)
http://www.mnet.co.za/mnetvideo/browsevideo.aspx?ChannelId=1&vid=16264&Search=carte%20blanche&CategoryId=0&sortby=4&CPage=0

Cart Blanche—TV Program Carte Blanche: Monkey Town Revisited (Part 2)
http://www.mnet.co.za/mnetvideo/browsevideo.aspx?ChannelId=1&vid=16266&Search=carte%20blanche&CategoryId=0&sortby=4&CPage=0

Press Release Nov 2008—ARA
http://www.animalrightsafrica.org/Archive/Monkeytown_Report_by_Trendler_Nov_2008.pdf

Press release 15 April 2009—SPCA’s
http://www.spca-ct.co.za/images/Monkey_Town_expose%20_2_.pdf

Letter—From Monkey Town to ‘Friends of Monkey Town’
http://www.monkeys.co.za/carte_blanche/letter_to_carteblanche.pdf

Press Release 12 May 2009—SPCA
http://www.spca-ct.co.za/images/improvements_at_monkey_town.pdf

Press Release 14 April 2009 - ARA (this release was also posted at SanWild Notice Board)
http://www.animalrightsafrica.org/PR_14Apr09_MonkeyBusiness.php

Abuses and/or neglect noted at Monkey Town
* Primates left outside at night in the bitter cold
* Primates goaded with weed-eaters
* Dominant primate frequently attacks inferior male—no place of safety for the victim
* Primate babies left unattended—died
* Meshing too wide—mutilated primate fingers due to primates attacking — biting each other through the meshing
* Slimy water and lack of food
* Broken cages—causing injury to animals
* Fighting for food—Weaker animals starving
* No greens provided for the natural feed-browsing of the primates
* Young farm animals can’t get to the food easily—troughs too high
* Little to no veterinary care—unless ordered by the SPCA
* Little to no bedding for animals—sleep on concrete floors
* Two pigs donated to the farm animals section slaughtered two days later
* Skin diseases rife

It appears that Monkey Town can't provide the basic supervision and care necessary to keep the animals it displays healthy and safe. Furthermore Monkey Town has no business selling any animals, nor should they be allowed to run a ‘private zoo’ without the requisite veterinary care and trained keepers.

We respectfully ask you to conduct a proper investigation
We believe there is sufficient documented proof of abuse/neglect for a prima facie case.

Requesting a response from Cape Nature and the Good Hope SPCA
Please take the necessary steps to secure protection and care for all the animals at Monkey Town; preferably shutting this so-called animal sanctuary down! The very least you can do is uphold and enforce South Africa’s existing inadequate zoo’s and animal protection laws, (Ref: South African Veterinary Foundation, REVIEW OF ANIMAL CARE LEGISLATION IN SOUTH AFRICA) — and account to the taxpayers just exactly how you are spending the South African’s Tax Rands and/or Donations, if not for the protection of animals like those at Monkey Town!

Below a listing of the standards of the South African Johannesburg Zoo: - The size of the zoo is not the issue here; large or small, the same standards of care and best practises should apply. We would appreciate some feedback on these points, and proof of compliance by Monkey Town.
* Ensure effective animal husbandry to the highest standards
* Develop and manage breeding and introduction programs to the manage genetic integrity of populations
* Ensure that the collection of feeding and behavioural records is done according to national standards and assess these appropriately
* Design new exhibits
* Manage the implementation of preventative medicine, enrichment, conditioning and nutritional programmes.
* Identify potential veterinary problems
* Ensure the timeous completion of relevant forms for the animal data bank
* Initiate, lead, plan and participate in in situ conservation and research projects and ensure that these adhere to the highest ethical standards
* Educate learners and the public in collaboration with the Education department
* Maintain a familiarity with professional development and direction in the field
* Constantly strive to improve the standard and diversity of exhibits, husbandry practices, collection techniques, staff competencies and the reputation and public perception of the zoo
* Develop and maintain professional contacts
* Manage the work allocation and performance of conservators and animal attendants, including selection, training, and development
* Develop and manage the budget for the section and ensure that the section as a whole follows financial procedures.
* Compile monthly reports of the section
* Develop and implement policies and procedures
* Perform administrative functions pertaining to conservation
* Liaise with key stakeholders at all times e.g. Dept of Nature Conservation, WAZA, (the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums ) PAAZAB (,The World Association of Zoos and Aquarium) universities, and any relevant others
* Ensure the smooth and efficient operations in the Conservation department including the human and physical resources, and ensure that the department acts in a manner consistent with the goals, needs and ethics of the zoo.
* Oversee the Conservation staff and animal collection.
* Effectively communicate between section staff and management and other departments
* Provide leadership for the section.
* Contribute to the daily running of all aspects of the section through active participation in and contribution at monthly management meetings.
* Collaborate on special projects
* Management to form part of the Duty Weekend Roster and actively supervise the smooth and efficient running of operations for that period

It is the right thing to do and will show some good faith on Cape Nature/SPCA’s part—which is sorely needed following the negative publicity this public exposure has generated.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Yours sincerely