- The Government of Gibraltar and, in particular, the Minister for the Environment
The Minister for the Environment in Gibraltar has announced a plan to cull a troop of Macaques around the Catalan Bay area. Although these monkeys may have caused disturbances for local residents, we believe that the culling of these intelligent, sociable and sentient primates is cruel and unnecessary when there are other alternatives to solve this problem, such as relocation.
We assert that, had a suitable management plan been implemented back in 1997, as proposed by Prof. Robert Martin, D. Phil, D. Sc, at that time, the current situation would not have occurred. Our research has shown that the Government of Gibraltar has consistently failed to invest adequate resources in the responsible management of their Macaque population, despite the presence of the monkeys boosting the local economy as a popular tourist attraction.
We request that the Government commits to investing in a comprehensive, long-term plan to manage the Macaque population, on which its tourist industry so heavily relies, without the use of culling.
We, the undersigned, call on the Government of Gibraltar to revoke the decision to cull a troop of Barbary Macaques and to eliminate the practice of culling on their Macaque population.
The Stop the culling of Macaques in Gibraltar petition to The Government of Gibraltar and, in particular, the Minister for the Environment was written by Helen Thirlway and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.