Apparently, someone in India is a big Bob Barker fan and has taken up his cause.

Submitted by a loyal reader, via the Houston Chronicle:

A northern Indian state said today it planned to use unemployed youths to sterilize monkeys to try to combat aggressive primates who have been raiding farms.

Indian authorities have struggled in recent years to deal with the tens of thousands of monkeys that live in and around cities. They are drawn to public places such as temples and office buildings, where devout Hindus feed them, believing them to be manifestations of the god Hanuman.

 Hanuman for the uninitiated is (from Wikipedia) the epitome of wisdom, brahmacharya, bhakti (devotion/faith), valor, righteousness and strength. His indispensable role in reuniting Rama with Sita is likened by some to that of a teacher helping an individual soul realize the divine. So that’s kind of a big deal. If you’re into that kinda thing. Back to our story…

In recent months, the deputy mayor of New Delhi was killed when he fell from his balcony during an attack by wild monkeys, and 25 others were injured when a monkey went on a rampage in the city.

The mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh is infested with rhesus macaque monkeys that have been driven to farms and cities after losing their natural forest habitat. (Looks like someone has been reading my blogs J )

Prem Kumar Dhumal, the state’s chief minister, said Himachal Pradesh would go on a “war footing” to fight the thousands of monkeys that have been turning farms into wastelands and attacking people, according to a statement from his office.

“Affected districts would be identified and local youth involved in the process, who would be provided training in capturing and sterilization by the experts,” the statement quoted Dhumal as saying, adding that they would use “laser sterilization.”

Lasers? Who is this guy, Dr. Evil?

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Conservationists condemned the proposal to let inexperienced youths sterilize monkeys, saying it was cruel and would not solve the problem.

As much as we support punkey removal, having uneducated kids zap them in the nads with lasers is pretty bad.

Sujoy Chaudhuri, an ecologist who co-authored a report by prominent primatologists and conservationists that was submitted recently to the federal and state governments, said the plan would make the monkey problem worse.

“It is a ridiculous idea and what is worse, it will do nothing to contain the problem and probably make it worse,” Chaudhuri said. “Can you imagine what having badly sterilized monkeys running around will do to the levels of aggression?”

Another good point. Roasting monkeys in the nuts will certainly piss them off and they’re already a problem.

 Don’t toast my giggle berries!
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