Plans to cull the Barbary monkeys on Gibraltar have come under fire both at home and abroad. Animal protection organisations in Spain and elsewhere have threatened a boycott of Gibraltar if the cull, reportedly of at least 25 of the animals, goes ahead. The International Primate Protection League has threatened a tourist boycott of the Rock. Gibraltar Tourism Minister, Ernest Britto, confirmed that two animals had been killed by lethal injection already. Gib’s Progressive Democratic Party has questioned the cull and has called on officials to publish whatever information was used to reach that decision. The PDP recognised that the monkeys caused problems and upset many residents, but said this was a historical problem, even when numbers were not as high as they are today. A spokesman said: “Of course these residents must be protected but is culling really the solution that currently needs to be used to tackle this problem – especially when elsewhere in the world these animals are becoming an endangered species?” Legend has it that if the monkeys leave the Rock, Gibraltar will no longer be British. During the Second World War numbers were so low that Winston Churchill ordered the importation of dozens from North Africa.
ANIMAL ORGANISATIONS PROTEST MONKEY CULL