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.” |