18 Oct '11, 5am

Culling is not a permanent answer, says our reader. Rather, ask why monkeys have turned so bold in the 1st place.

MR PAUL Chan called for the culling of monkeys as a punishment for misbehaviour ('Cull monkeys if over-population is the problem'; Oct 10). While it is important for wild animals to keep their distance, Mr Chan's sentiments do not consider the complexities of the problem. Although culling is often a necessary part of managing human-wildlife conflict, it should be used as a last resort. Its biggest flaw is that it is a temporary measure. Rather, one should ask why these monkeys have turned so bold in the first place. And that boils down to people who deliberately feed them. Despite the abundance of garbage bins, a great deal of littering occurs in our parks. Much of the trash consists of food wrappers and packaging, which only allows monkeys to discover that human food is tasty and should be sought out. Culling will not offer a permanent answer. There must be greater enforc...

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