Friday, August 16, 2002

UGANDA KILLING NONHUMAN PRIMATES TO MAKE ROOM FOR MORE HUMANS

Activists Oppose Killing of Primates
Story Filed: Friday, August 16, 2002 11:40 AM EST

Aug 16, 2002 (New Vision/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- ANIMAL rights and welfare activists have clashed with Masindi district wildlife control unit over the killing of primates, writes Gerald Tenywa.

The head of Masindi Wildlife Control Unit, Christopher Byarugaba, recently said they had killed over 100 baboons in the last three years and that 1,000 baboons would be hunted and killed.

Uganda Wildlife Authority recently declared baboons and vervet monkeys as vermin after it was overwhelmed by complaints that increased animal populations were destroying crops.

Primates are becoming a problem because of the increasing human population, which clears their habitats to grow crops.

Dr. Peter Apell of the Jane Goodall Institute said killing animals was not a solution.

He decried the use of deadly traps and snares by farmers and hunters that accidentally caused harm to chimpanzees, which are endangered by extinction.

Byarugaba said they are promoting unique selective live traps that do not cause harm to endangered animals.