Action for Primates
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Allan Michaud, a Cambodian-based wildlife conservationist...commented the attacks have not been caused by the primates’ ferocious nature but are instead the “humans’ fault”. “It has been us who have been feeding those monkeys, which leads to them learning to steal and attack people,” he said. “It is indeed our fault.”
... the wild monkeys had become too accustomed to receiving food from tourists and other people...
'We have created this monster problem over the decades by destroying the forests and village commons where these animals would live. Also, the plantation forest just gives you timber but no fruit. So, the monkeys have moved to urban localities in search of food for their survival. Here the very inefficient garbage and waste management system has provided them ample food in the form of leftovers. So, the monkeys have adapted very well and learned to live with humans in urban conditions,' Yogesh Gokhale, Senior Fellow, Forestry and Biodiversity Division in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
But humans are exceptionally skilled at putting their needs first over other animals'. With these primate cousins of ours, we alter their lives with a firm eye on human benefits and a reluctance to consider the cost to the capuchins themselves. The greater kindness is to allow monkeys to live their lives as monkeys.