Deforestation and habitat degradation have primarily contributed to monkeys moving into human settlements over the last few decades. Long-term scientific measures are the only solution to the monkey menace.
In the 1950s, monkeys were trapped to be exported in great numbers for research. More than 80 per cent were sent to the US for work related to the polio (Salk) vaccine (New York Times, 1955). Following concerns of monkeys being tortured for nuclear experiments, the government disallowed free exports, and announced that export would resume when it was convinced that the monkeys would be used only for medical research, and receive humane treatment. Subsequently, it was decided that monkeys above 6 pounds in weight would be exported, since only they were useful enough for medical research (New York Times, 1958).
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