A funeral service was held Sunday for 15 Formosan macaques that were found dead in Kaohsiung's Shoushan area after having possibly ingested poison last month.
The funeral was organized by the Taiwan Macaque Chattering Party (???????) and was attended by 60 party members, including Lin Mei-ling (???), spokeswoman for the party, and her father Lin Jin-fu (???), the party's founder.
During the funeral procession in a mountainous area of Shoushan, party members held plaques bearing slogans calling for the co-existence of humans and Formosan macaques, and an end to killing of the macaques with poisoning.
Lin said they hope the police will find those responsible for the 15 deaths of the protected species and prevent similar incidents from occurring.
Incidents of Formosan macaques being killed by poisoning have frequently been reported since 2014, Lin said, adding that statistics show that as of August, about 146 Formosan macaques in the area have disappeared, been injured or have died because of poisoning.
Meanwhile, the Kaohsiung City Bureau of Agriculture warned that any action to harm, poison or kill a protected species is a violation of the the Wildlife Conservation Act (???????) and could result in a prison sentence of between six months and five years and a fine of between NT$200,000 (US$6,325) and NT$1 million.s
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel