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#459554 - 03/06/13 02:23 AM Animal cruelty
M.O.B Offline
On the day of March 5th 2013, a school teacher at The Belize High School of Agriculture in Orange Walk instructed a group of male students to capture a howler monkey in the nearby bushes behind the school’s plantation area. According to a student the teacher told him and the rest of the guys that the howler monkey had defecated on him while he was sleeping in the bushes.
On this day the students were dismissed a little after 1o’clock due to the absence of water. The ringing bell that indicated dismissal was over passed by the uproar of students as the group of males carried the injured and bleeding monkey through the school as if they were heroes for what they had done. Some of the other teachers and I were disturbed by such a cruel and inhumane act. After speaking to several students it was known that the boys had been shooting the monkey with sling shots, beating the monkey with tree limbs and then tied the monkey’s hands and feet so that he /she couldn’t run away. My question today is WHY? Why hurt one Belize’s own animals?! This inhumane act done instructed by one of BHSA’s ignorant and asinine teacher will not be overlooked! Something must be done!

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#459572 - 03/06/13 02:01 PM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
collyk Offline
M.O.B. This is an illegal act against a protected species in Belize and should be reported to the police and the Forest Department. Not only should the teacher be prosecuted but there will need to be work done with the students to make sure they understand what they have done and so that they understand why it can never happen again.
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#459576 - 03/06/13 02:47 PM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
BrusselSprout Offline
Agreed, agreed, agreed. That is HORRIBLE.
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#459579 - 03/06/13 02:54 PM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
ScubaLdy Offline
Why was the teacher 'sleeping in the bush?" Has this been reported?
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#459607 - 03/07/13 01:18 AM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
M.O.B Offline
This is not known yet but if proper investigation is done the answer is sure to come up.

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#459618 - 03/07/13 05:14 AM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
Cooper Offline
We got your message as well on The Humane Society facebook page. Thank you for reaching out. You are doing the right thing. You need to contact BAHIA and Central Farms in Cayo. These folks dont read messageboards. I will call them for you tomorrow. These crimes get so overlooked here and its just plain stupid, a teacher like that should not be teaching our children anything...Can someone explain to me why school officials get to go home due to lack of water? Our Principle was off on Caye Caulker with a sign on the door saying she was gone due to lack of water. All the other teachers and students were in school???? Then we saw her in the City.
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#459682 - 03/08/13 12:45 AM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
M.O.B Offline
Thank you, we need to make this more public so that something can be done. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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#459702 - 03/08/13 05:01 AM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
aphrodite Offline
Its so appalling that this type of abuse occurs to defenseless animals especially headed by a teacher when he/she should be advocating for the protection of Belize's natural resources.It makes you wonder what kind of teachers are in our Institutions. I did some investigations into this incident and I was told that the Forestry Department was at the school yesterday investigating but what type of investigations was done I am not sure because students,teachers nor other staff were interviewed.However, while watching channel 7 news this evening they made mention about it so now I hope that proper investigations will be conducted. According to the news the howler monkey is being attended by a vet and his condition is delicate and criminal charges will be brought to the ones responsible. I hope they do so more people will be encouraged to report more cruelty to animals or other abuse against humanity to the proper authorities.


Edited by aphrodite (03/09/13 12:14 AM)

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#459705 - 03/08/13 09:09 AM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
Rigrat Offline
The Forestry department attended the school as soon as this was reported to them by the Belize Wildlife Conservation Network. The monkey was no longer at the school but was in the custody of someone else. The monkey was retrieved by the Forestry department and transported to Belize City where it was examined by a vet. The Monkey may lose an eye. It is not thought that he has any broken bones, but is bruised and also has a few cuts.
Depending on the outcome of his recovery, this monkey may be released, released after rehab, or euthanised.

Just in case anyone is not aware, there is a wildlife hotline that is free for BTL users. You can call this hotline number for any wildlife issues. The line is answered 24 hours a day, all calls will be answered. The Forestry department will be notified, and it will normally be up to them how they decide to respond. After hours in emergency cases, someone from the Belize Conservation Wildlife Network may give advice, or may transport wildlife to a vet. Otherwise the responsibility for all wildlife is vested with the Forestry department.

SMART users unfortunately cannot connect to BTL freephone numbers, but the number is the same without the 0800. Please make a note of this number, put it in your smartphone as a contact, or stick it on your fridge with a magnet.

Belize Wildlife Hotline
BTL: 0800 822 8888 --- SMART: 822 8888
Or 605 8888

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#459711 - 03/08/13 01:49 PM Re: Animal cruelty [Re: M.O.B]
Marty Offline

Howler Monkey Mauled

An adult male howler monkey is clinging to life after it was badly beaten up by humans - allegedly high school students - in Orange Walk.

According to Wildlife Officer Rasheda Garcia at the Forestry Department, they received a report on Wednesday morning that the howler had been savagely beaten on the grounds of the Belize High School of Agriculture in Orange Walk the day before. According to the report, a teacher had told some boys at the school to kill the monkey because it had defecated on him while he was sleeping in the bushes.

The report said that in the afternoon the students brought down the monkey with a slingshot, then beat it with tree limbs, tied up its hands and feet and dragged it unto the school grounds.

Again, this is just the report that was posted on the net, it could not be confirmed by us or by the Forestry Department which is investigating.

But, the monkey was on the school grounds, badly injured and barely alive. A teacher rescued it and took it home to try and save it - which is when the Forestry Department got the report, and took it from the teacher's house to a vet in Belize City. According to Garcia, the monkey is in a quote, "really, really bad condition."

One of its eyes are severely damaged and it will likely lose that eye. It also has a broken tooth and a busted lip, but fortunately no broken bones. More worryingly it also has head trauma and has been experiencing seizures. It has to be spoon-fed as it cannot nourish itself.

Garcia says her department is intent on finding out who is responsible and bringing criminal charges for illegal hunting - which includes molesting protected animals. Howler and spider monkeys are listed as endangered species in Belize.

And while that it the plan, so far the Forestry Department has not been able to confirm that story or identify the culprits.

Channel 7


Endangered Howler Monkey Found Badly Beaten Behind School Campus

Belize has a diverse ecosystem of wildlife and natural resources. Some of the most exotic animals that inhabit Belize are great tourist attractions and this morning, our newsroom received a report of a Howler Monkey that appears to have been severely injured. The male howler monkey was rescued yesterday in Orange Walk by the Forestry Department of Belmopan. Our news room has learnt that a male howler monkey was found severely injured two days ago behind the compound of the Belize High School of Agriculture. Whether or not the howler monkey was found injured or if it was harmed when it was found are questions that have not been answered. When we contacted the school this afternoon we were told that they have no comments on the matter as it is being investigated by the Forestry Department in Belmopan. We then called the Forestry office in Belmopan and the response was the same; no comment.

Reliable information by credible sources to our newsroom indicates that after the monkey was found by a student, the Forestry Department was called in. Officials from the department arrived yesterday evening accompanied by a veterinarian who treated the adult male howler monkey. We were also informed that the injuries on the monkey are life threatening and officials believe that he might not survive. However, we were not told what type of injuries the monkey has. We understand that the Forestry Department should complete their investigation by next week after which they will reveal their findings.

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