The spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Belinda Abrahams, says they have no knowledge of baboons being hunted and killed at Constantia wine farms.
This follows reports that CapeNature has issued Constantia Valley wine farms with hunting permits to kill up to two baboons a day.
With urban encroachment, baboons have now moved from their natural habitat closer to suburbs where they were getting attacked by dogs, shot with pellet guns and poisoned.
We have no knowledge of the hunting of baboons. Our understanding was that to first exhaust the non lethal methods and we received no notification that these had failed and that lethal methods would be employed.— Belinda Abrahams, Spokesperson of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA
Abrahams says if the baboons were a threat then why weren't they managed in terms of the approved raiding protocol.
She says human beings have a responsibility to the welfare of animals upon who's natural environment they have encroached.
There is a huge ethical acceptability versus the deterrent argument that is brought into question here, because if we don't understand baboon raiding behaviour, even eradicating the entire troop won't help at all.— Belinda Abrahams, Spokesperson of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA
To hear the rest of the interview with Belinda Abrahams, listen below: