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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.
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
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....
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.....
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...
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.
Carte Blanche: Monkey Town Revisited (Part 2)
Part 2: Carte Blanche returns to find out whether the chimps are still terrorised by weed-eaters.
Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: +27 (0) 21 659 3446 Cell: +27 (0) 72 488 6768
Media /PR Liesl Brink email@example.com
CEO Lucille Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
CFO Lindeni Madlala email@example.com
Tel: +27 (0) 21 700 4140
Chief Inspector Andries Venter
South African Veterinary Foundation
Project Executive Dr Kobus du Toit firstname.lastname@example.org
Monkey Town, Somerset West, SA.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 858 1060 Fax: +27 (0) 21 858 1082
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