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Stop killing CapeTown's baboons.

Stop killing CapeTown's baboons.


Why this is important

All over South Africa baboons are under threat as they are killed with little or no recourse from relevant conservation authorities of differing provinces. The laws and regulations governing the use of lethal methods of management and for hunting baboons needs to be urgently addressed and changed to provide these animals with much needed protection.
The baboons of the Cape peninsula have been used as an example of successful management of an isolated population of Chacma baboons, noting that they were protected from hunting in 1998 by Cape Nature.
However, despite their protected status, baboons continue to be killed the peninsula by the authorities who should protect them, as well as by residents.
In 2009, the Baboon Technical Team (comprising City of Cape Town, Cape Nature and Table Mountain National Park with scientific input from the Baboon Research Unit of University of Cape Town) adopted the "Protocol for reducing the frequency and severity of raiding behaviour by Chacma baboons on the Cape peninsula, South Africa" (the protocol).
The protocol and aggressive management tactics such as paintball guns and bear bangers, has been endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).
In 2010 the protocol was implemented and male baboons started to be killed. Although the protocol is not a management plan, it appears to be the only written document that explains decisions implemented by the Baboon Technical Team.

Nearly 50 male and female baboons have been killed since the implementation of the protocol.

Through their endorsement of the protocol, the Baboon Technical Team and the NSPCA have, with full knowledge, allowed the decimation of the Misty Cliffs troop of baboons.
This troop has been reduced from 18 baboons to only 7 baboons in December 2015.
A Scarborough resident has recently killed another two baboons from this small troop.

Killing animals does NOT solve management problems.

Killing baboons will NOT stop other baboons from raiding.

Posted June 24, 2012
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