PETA India and UP Forest Department Offer a New Lease on Life for Traumatised Orphaned Baby Monkey

For Immediate Release:

20 July 2020


Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Monkey Was Rescued After His Mother Died, Apparently After Being Hit by a Motor Vehicle

Farrukhabad – Following an emergency call from a local resident, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with Uttar Pradesh forest department officials to rescue a baby monkey, who was desperately clinging to his almost-lifeless mother, who had likely been hit by a motor vehicle. Despite receiving emergency veterinary treatment, she succumbed to her injuries.

PETA India, with the help of the forest department, admitted the baby monkey to a reputable wildlife rescue centre in Agra for necessary medical evaluation and fostering, and the group will release him back into his natural habitat when he’s ready. In India, the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) is a protected species under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photographs of the baby monkey are available for download upon request.

“It’s important that smart, social monkeys be reunited with their friends and families in the wild, not used for dancing under the command of cruel people or experimentation in archaic laboratories,” says PETA India Emergency Response Assistant Kumben Aier. “PETA India encourages all kind people to keep their eyes open and report any cases of animal abuse, health emergencies, or illegal wildlife trading to relevant authorities such as the police and forest departments.”

PETA India’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”. Exploiting monkeys for profit or keeping them in captivity as “pets” are both morally wrong and punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of at least Rs 10,000 under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

To report illegal cruelty to animals or emergencies involving them, please call PETA India on (0) 98201 22602.

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