Let’s stop the cruel management of baboons in the Western Cape

The City of Cape Town and Overstrand Municipalities will spend R55m (US$3.6m) over the next 3 years chasing and killing sentient chacma baboons in these territories. They employ third-party contractors to chase baboon families away from households by shooting them with paintball guns. Protocols allow them to kill them when they are deemed "repeat offenders" for feeding on garbage that humans carelessly dispose of. They also clasp heavy collars on these baboons that impede their movements, in order to track their whereabouts.

Please help petition the two municipalities to reconsider their plans.

I believe that there are more cost effective and humane solutions for baboon management that municipalities must consider before employing these third-party contractors.

We do not want baboons in our homes, but neither do we want to see six hundred and fifty baboons being mistreated and even executed. If these municipalities consider alternative solutions, I believe we can create an environment where humans and baboons can live in harmony.

Currently there are inadequate by-laws for baboon proofing, waste management, provision of baboon proof bins and community education.

We are asking the municipalities to:
• Create a secure manned, waste management area that is baboon proof
• Inform residents how to baboon proof their homes to pass the necessary by-laws
• Provide each household with baboon proof bin brackets
• Fine households that leave their rubbish bags out on the street without it being in a secure baboon proof bin and fully enforce all by-laws

By putting these measures in place, I believe it will not only cost the municipalities much less that employing third-party contractors, but that it will be an effective solution for humans to live harmoniously alongside our wildlife.

Join our cause by:

Signing this petition

Your signature will help us in delivering this important message to the City of Cape Town and Overstrand Municipalities, Cape Nature and SANParks:

a) Don't deploy third-party contractors who are known to have chacma baboon families shot with paintballs, collared and killed in Overstrand West.
b) Instead of spending millions on chasing and killing baboons, rather spend some of that money on creating an alternative waste management solution to keep baboons away humanely.

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Your support is greatly received.

Kobus Van De Venter

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