I am single-mindedly concerned with animal rights. I am glad to be fully occupied caring for the more than 200 animals in the Sanctuary because my extreme anger at the abuse of animals that I read about daily would probably lead to trouble.
Don't Cull Chippy the Macaque - let him go to Sanctuary
A long tailed Macaque monkey, clearly domesticated, is living in Lower Kent Ridge Park area of Normanton in Singapore. Chippy as he has been called, has been fed by some of the residents and video footage shows that he is not exhibiting natural wild behaviour. He is alone and it has been stated that he should join a wild troop. His mother was beaten to death by persons unknown and there is every likelihood, according to wildlife 'experts' ACRES, that as a tame monkey he would be killed if he tried to join a wild troop. Neither, as an orphan, has he been taught the skills necessary to gather food and survive in the wild. He does not qualify for a Sanctuary in South East Asia as he is a common species. There is a solution. He can be homed at our Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Wales which already has 6 other long tailed Macaques from varied backgrounds including laboratories and the pet trade. The Sanctuary has quarantine facilities and we are willing to take Chippy at no cost to the authorities in Singapore. Alarmingly there is now talk of killing Chippy rather than allowing him to leave the park for a permanent home. He cannot safely remain in the park as many people feel he is a nuisance and a danger to themselves or their pets. This is not a case of catching a wild creature and holding him in captivity, but of offering a refuge for a lonely monkey in need, who has been forced to seek human companionship and comfort. The Sanctuary has a non-breeding policy so Chippy would not be used for the purpose of increasing the population. I have seen on the internet that culling of long tailed Macaques has been taking place since at least 2013 in response to complaints. This culling which many of us may find reprehensible, is not the issue here. The issue is that one small monkey must be given the opportunity of a safe life, especially when there is no logical reason to prevent this happening. Long tailed Macaques are already a much victimized species as they are extremely popular in laboratory experimentation and it is a known fact that many wild monkeys have ended their lives in such places contrary to CITES regulations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps-baTLNvsE I have written to both Louis Ng MP for Nee Soon GRC and AVA in my official capacity as Sanctuary Director and neither has seen fit to reply to my questions. Instead the discussions about Chippy’s future do not include any compassionate option. At one point AVA were preparing to release Chippy to our Sanctuary, until the objections of ACRES which I feel must have been encouraged by Louis Ng who became involved after I attempted to enlist his help. All of my letters to them stressed our respect for confidentiality. These Organisations’ treatment of the residents and Chippy and their total disregard of my correspondence with them has now led me to place this in the public arena.