MON­KEY SANC­TU­ARY

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - | Luke Folb Karinda Jag­mo­han

THE SPCA has ordered a woman to re­move dozens of in­jured vervet mon­keys from her premises in KwaZu­luNatal South Coast.

But Tracey Rowles, who has been run­ning a sanc­tu­ary for 15 years, fears if her cen­tre shuts, more than 80 of the animals will be killed. The Um­sizi Res­cue and Rehabilitation Cen­tre has been home to in­jured vervets that Rowles takes in along the South Coast. The cen­tre is n the res­i­den­tial part of eMko­mazi, which con­tra­venes lo­cal by-laws. “In July, I re­ceived let­ters from the SPCA call­ing for a shut­down,” she said. How­ever, Rowles is pre­pared to fight. Her at­tor­ney, Tashya Giyaper­sad, said: “The cen­tre has been in that area for a long time. The rea­son is be­cause mon­keys live within the boroughs of the res­i­den­tial area. “Tracy had a per­mit un­til 2010. She has not been granted a (new) per­mit and au­thor­i­ties have taken a hard­line ap­proach to her way of res­cu­ing animals.” |

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