Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Ministry working with Police to capture monkey burning culprits

A disturbing video which has been making the rounds on social media has caught the attention of the The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security’s Veterinary Services Department. 

The video shows a juvenile monkey in a cage being doused with a flammable substance and burned alive while a group of people watch and shout words of encouragement. 

The Department released a statement condemning the "unconscionable act", noting it was not only abhorrent but also a "clear breach of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act". 

"This action is unjustifiable under any circumstances and the public is urged to desist from any such, no matter the perceived rationale,"Senior Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Trotman said. 

Dr Trotman said officers of the Veterinary Services will work closely with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to ensure that those guilty persons involved in the act are brought to justice. 

He also said the Ministry of Agriculture will assist with the enforcement of animal welfare as well as the prevention of cruelty to animals. 

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