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PETITION TARGET: South African Police Service

UPDATE (10/2/2023): We sent our petition, signed by more than 36,000 people, to the South African Police Service. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition! Unfortunately, we were not able to get any additional details about this case despite multiple checks back. We’ll continue to advocate for animals! —Lady Freethinker Staff


A defenseless vervet monkey foamed at the mouth, convulsing in pain after swallowing poison deliberately left outside at the garden of Santorini in Ballito, South Africa, according to the North Coast Courier.

The monkey later died at the Aloe Veterinary Clinic. Three other monkeys — including a baby — also died by poison in the same area.

Three days later,  an animal rescuer responding to a report found another female monkey barely clinging to life and still clutching poison in her hands when he arrived to the grisly scene.

Vervet monkeys are protected under South Africa’s Animals Protection Act, and anyone who intentionally harms them could face prison time and a hefty fine. The person responsible for poisoning these innocent monkeys must answer for their actions before more monkeys are harmed or killed.

Sign this petition urging the South African Police Service to use all available resources to identify and arrest the perpetrator(s) in this horrifying case, protecting monkeys from brutal and agonizing deaths.