Human Exceptionalism

Indian Authorities Unable to Stop Monkey Rampages

Monkeys are violently attacking people in Delhi, and authorities seem helpless to stop the rampages. From the story:

In the latest incident in Delhi’s Shastri Park area, residents reported the monkeys appeared late Saturday and rampaged for hours. “I was talking to someone at my door at around 11 pm when a monkey appeared,” said Naseema, who goes by one name, told the Times of India. “As I moved inside, the monkey followed and sank its teeth in my baby’s leg.”

The monkeys should be captured or killed–not as punishment since the rampagers, being amoral, are incapable of engaging in wrongdoing–but as a simple matter of public safety. But that is apparently not so easy in India:

Efforts to drive out the animals is complicated by the fact Hindus view them as a living link to Hanuman, the monkey god who symbolises strength.

Delhi’s mayor has admitted authorities cannot cope with the violent animals.

“We’ve neither the expertise nor the infrastructure,” said Mayor Aarti Mehra. If they are caught, “we’re under pressure to release them due to pressure from animal activists and from people due to religious reasons.”


I’m not going to comment on the religious angle, but when animal activists put rampaging animals over the safety of people, something is definitely haywire. Meanwhile, deep ecologists would probably counsel surrender and the evacuation of the city to allow the monkeys to reclaim “their territory!”

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