Res­i­dents irate over mon­key shoot­ing

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

Any per­son or child walk­ing through or play­ing in the park could have been shot

RES­I­DENTS, in­clud­ing a two-year-old child of Manta Wing in Meerensee, have been trau­ma­tised after wit­ness­ing the shoot­ing of a vervet mon­key.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Thurs­day at about 10.45am when a troop of mon­keys was play­ing in the pub­lic park at the end of the cul-de-sac.

‘My grand­daugh­ter and I of­ten sit at the gate in our drive­way watch­ing the mon­keys when they play in the park be­cause we are teach­ing her how to treat an­i­mals and how to live around wildlife,’ said a res­i­dent, who re­quested anonymity.

‘While we were watch­ing them, we heard a gun­shot from a nearby house.

‘I was not sure where ex­actly it came from, so I shouted out to find out who fired the shot and I heard my neigh­bour whis­tle.

‘I shouted at him to stop shoot­ing at the mon­keys, but he then fired an­other four shots.

‘One of the mon­keys was hit and there was chaos among the troop. They were all scream­ing, es­pe­cially the mon­key that was shot.’

The mon­key even­tu­ally died on the scene and when the res­i­dent re­trieved the body so ei­ther the SPCA or Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife could re­move it, she no­ticed the mon­key had been shot through the chest.

Meerensee CPF at­tended the scene and no­ti­fied Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife of the in­ci­dent.

The bul­let was re­trieved and will be used as ev­i­dence in le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

‘Apart from the in­hu­mane treat­ment of this mon­key, any per­son or child walk­ing through or play­ing in the park could have been shot,’ said the res­i­dent.

Vervet mon­keys are not pro­tected by con­ser­va­tion laws, which means Ezemvelo can­not pro­ceed with le­gal charges from a con­ser­va­tion per­spec­tive.

How­ever, the res­i­dent who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent can open a case with SAPS as it is il­le­gal for weapons to be dis­charged in res­i­den­tial ar­eas. She can also open an an­i­mal cru­elty case with the SPCA.

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