In Edinburg, Texas, a Japanese Macaque monkey named Charly, had been surrendered by his owners to Palm Valley Animal Center. Charly should have never been a household pet had bitten a child and was directed to be killed on Wednesday afternoon by Hidalgo County Animal Control.
The Texas State Health Department announced that it had made the decision to euthanize the monkey, citing the need for rabies testing although there has never been a documented case of rabies in a primate in the United States. As a precaution, however the child will undergo the treatment as preventative medical protocol.
The news about the impending euthanasia of an animal forced to live in a cage brought together a compassionate community of animal advocates very quickly. Faith Wright and Monica Frenden, managers at Austin Pets Alive Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy, reached out for help. Together with Texas Pets Alive, Katie Jarl of the Humane Society of the United States, and citizens who called on State Representative Eddie Rodriguez and Senator José Menéndez, Charly was rescued and his life spared.
“This is the power of grassroots efforts. This is the power of teamwork, and of being passionately humane. This is the power of determining what is right and making it happen, no matter how difficult it may seem,” wrote Austin Pets Alive.”
On Thursday morning, an update from the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc., located in Kendalia announced they will be rescuing Charly. On the organization’s Facebook page, founder Lyn Cuny stated:
“Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (WRR) has agreed to send our vet and one staff member to Edinburg, Texas to pick up and transport the confiscated snow macaque to our sanctuary in Kendalia, Texas.
We have also agreed to quarantine him, at no expense to the County, for the necessary time period.
WRR will cover all the expenses for the care, housing, feeding and transportation of the macaque.”
Sadly, Charly is another innocent victim in the history of wild animals being subjected to the exotic “pet trade.” Besides having been forced to live in a cage all his life, the monkey injured a child.
“When will laws be passed that will eradicate the highly profitable and horribly cruel exploitation of innocent animals? Every time an incident, such as we have seen with this monkey, occurs you can be certain that there are thousands of other incidents just waiting to happen,” Lynn explained. “We call ourselves a compassionate species but our compassion does not reach the countless wild animals who are oppressed and who suffer every day, at the hands of uncaring individuals.”
Yes, Charly is one of the lucky ones – what about the others who suffer in silence while they are legally tucked away in a cage because some selfish human thinks it’s cute?
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