Malaysia slammed for mass culling of macaques

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 2:33 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Animal activists have criticized the Malaysian government for the mass culling of nearly 100,000 macaques a year, warning it threatens their survival.

The wildlife department says the move was needed to control a population of pest species. It says 97,119 monkeys were killed last year, mostly in urban and agricultural areas where they destroyed crops and attacked people. This was up from nearly 88,000 long-tailed macaques killed in 2011, mostly by gun shot.

British animal protection group BUAV says it was appalled by the killing and calls for more humane ways to control the monkey population including sterilization, relocation and educating the public to change their behavior.

Opposition politician N.Surendran on Tuesday condemned the "slaughter fest" and warned it could push the monkeys to extinction.

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