Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Outrage as it is revealed hundred of killed monkeys are bought to Britain as hunt trophies | UK | News


Baboons and vervet monkeys are the most popular with hunts being cheaper than those for other animals such as leopards and elephants. As reported by The Daily Mirror, one of the organisations facilitating these hunts is Umlilo Safaris in South Africa. In response, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer, said: “It is completely inhuman to shoot creatures who are so like us. What were these people thinking when they bought a ‘monkey-hunting holiday’?

“They’re a disgrace to our country. The people who do this should be in jail. This is a crime against nature.”

One hunter and his wife left a comment on the firm’s website saying: “Both our visits have exceeded our expectations in every aspect.”

Several customers have posted graphic images online of themselves with their kills.

One user who posted on Facebook, responded to critics by remaking: “Didn’t realise everyone was vegetarian.”

One organisation, Africa Hunt Lodge, also South African, charges £81 to take a vervet monkey home as a trophy.

The website of the company says: “They travel in large groups, so we will be able to find the older males from the group.

“Many of these vervet monkeys raid our orange crops so culling out these monkeys is of great importance to us.”

There as been a fall of Old World primates from millions to just 250,000 in recent years and they are sold on the black market as well as being hunted.

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Africa Hunt Lodge runs a “no kill, no fee” policy and arranges hunts for children, with photos on their website showing some of these shoots.

Audrey Delsink of the Humane Society International has said: “Vervet monkeys and baboons have a complex social system and hierarchy, and these killings cause havoc in the remaining troops. It’s deeply disturbing that hunters, including children, would derive pleasure from such cruel acts.”

Shooting mammals in Britain itself has several rules and regulations limiting it.

It is illegal to hunt foxes with a pack of dogs but you can according to gov.uk, use up to 2 dogs to pull foxes out of hiding if they are causing damage.

Only one dog can go underground to find foxes and only if they are threatening wild or game birds.

 

The fox must be shot quickly and the shooter must carry proof their own the land or written permission from the landowner.

You cannot use a vehicle to chase dear in Britain.

A license is required to shoot them in the closed season and at night.

The Hunting Act 2004 which came into force in February 2005 bans the hunting of wild mammals in England and Wales.

Both services have been contacted to provide a comment.



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