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Ministry frowns on burning of monkey


Ministry frowns on burning of monkey

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The Ministry of Agriculture is working with the Royal Barbados Police Force to bring to justice those who participated in burning a monkey alive recently.

Following is the statement issued by the ministry:

“The Ministry of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services is aware of a video circulating on social media showing 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.

“This unconscionable act is not only abhorrent but criminal and is a clear breach of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Cap lI4A). This action is unjustifiable under any circumstances and the public is urged to desist from any such, no matter the perceived rationale.

Animal welfare and enforcement of the prevention of cruelty to animals legislation falls under the Ministry of Agriculture and a number of authorised persons have been appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to assist in its enforcement.

“Officers of the Veterinary Services will work closely with the Royal Barbados Police Force to ensure that the guilty person or persons are brought to justice.”

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