three hundred monkeys that were to be exported to the United States of
America from this week will be able to find their food in freedom,
in their own country. A letter from the Ministry of Forestry for the
immediate their immediate release will be send to Pravesh Man Shrestha,
who has been breeding monkeys for the past five years.
Minister Deepak Bohra said, "We have decided not to allow the monkeys
to be exported. He further added, "We will ask Pravesh Man to release
the monkeys within a week." After consulting the Department Heads of
the Ministry Minster Bohara came to conclusion that it was illegal to export
the monkeys. As a first step toward exporting monkeys Shrestha had planned
to export 25 of the 300 monkeys to the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical
Research Center .
was breeding the monkeys under the auspices of Nepal Biomedical Research
Center . American citizens had also financially supported
this venture. They have now landed in Kathmandu looking for compensation.
Shrestha had paid twenty five thousand rupees per monkey
as tax to the Department of National Park and Wildlife Protection to
procure 200 monkeys per the Forest animal breeding and research
program Working Guidelines, 2060.
law does not permit the export of any wild animals, thus, giving approval
to export the monkeys would contravene the law," said an Under
Secretary of the Ministry. "The Ministry has come to the conclusion
that the monkeys
should be released to their natural environment."
[Rhesus monkeys] are listed in the Appendix 2 of the CITES Convention.
CITES has banned the export of wildlife in this list.
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