People must stop feeding feral monkeys

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 December, 2002, 12:00am

I took a walk on stage six of the MacLehose Trail in the Kam Shan Country Park area, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 17.


I was shocked to see that so many people were ignoring the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance and were feeding feral monkeys with peanuts and fruit. I strongly believe this is a very dangerous thing to do. It puts people, especially children, at risk and it is not good for the monkeys.


On one road whenever a car or hiker appeared, groups of monkeys (numbering between five and 30) ran from the woods in the hope of being fed.


I wish those people who do feed them would think about their conservation responsibilities.


These are wild animals who should be living (and eating) in their natural habitat.


They are not pets like the family cat or dog. Feeding the monkeys is not the appropriate way of showing concern for them.


People must exercise greater self-discipline in this regard and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officials must take more short-term (that is, prevention) and more long-term (education) action.


It is not enough to simply have a noticeboard warning people not to feed the monkeys.


REBECCA WONG


Tai Po