Monday, January 17, 2005
24 Japanese Macaques to be given lethal injection for harming humans
A local government in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Monday started catching 24 of Japanese Macaques, a terrestrial monkey native to Japan and a protected species, on concerns they may harm people.
The Wakinosawa village government said it will administer lethal injections on the monkeys in the Shimokita Peninsula under the prefecture's protection and management law, which allows protected species to be captured and killed should they cause serious harm to humans.
The village had planned to catch the 24 monkeys it identified as "harmful animals" in the area in October last year but stopped after a nationwide public protest, its officials said.
The village said it decided recently to go ahead with the original plan after its request for the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University to take the monkeys was turned down.
It is the first time Japanese Macaques will be killed under the law, the officials said, adding the plan to catch them will last until Feb. 28.
Posted by C. at 2:34 PM