Activists protest against monkeys in captivity in city on Saturday
JAIPUR: Monkeys captured in Jaipur for being released into the wild are kept under horrifying conditions leading to grievous injuries.
A contractor hired by Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) for catching monkeys and releasing them in the wild is violating all norms of keeping them after being captured. As per norms, each monkey caught must be kept in a separate cage but due to lack of facilities all of them are being hurled into a single cage at Dawa Khana. This has led to infighting among them leading to grievous injuries. On Saturday when volunteers of People For Animal (PFA) went to Dawa Khana, they saw nine monkeys kept in a cage with many injured. Experts said it’s not advisable to capture and keep different groups of monkeys in one cage as conflicts rise.
PFA activist Suraj Soni said, “The department was not even aware that monkeys are kept in deplorable condition for past five days. The monkeys should be released in the wild within 24 hours. However, due to lack of resources, the corporation is keeping in animals in such deplorable conditions.”
According to sources, the JMC had asked two contractors to catch a total of 500 monkeys in greater Jaipur and Heritage Jaipur. After one contractor did not adhere to the norms, the corporation terminated the contract of one of them. “The contractor was catching monkeys on his own even after his contract was cancelled. We have issued warning to file a case if he repeat it in future.”
To catch a monkey, JMC had fixed Rs 677. Sources said the JMC will release 50 monkeys together near Ranthambore National Park (RNP). “Till the time the contractor catches 50 monkeys, they are being kept in cages in Jaipur. As per the rule, they should be kept in separate cages. To cut the cost, the contractor was keeping in one cage and not feeding these animals. This is why contract was terminated,” said a source.