This howler monkey was brutally beaten to death at the Belize High School of Agriculture in the Orange Walk District.
The monkey was captured on March 6, 2013 by a group of students and was tied up and beaten. The monkey was transferred to a rehabilitation facility and succumbed to his injuries on March 8, 2013.
Wildlife in Belize is protected under the "Wildlife Protection Act" (WPA) and "The Forestry Act" of the laws of Belize. It is illegal to hunt or capture wildlife in Belize without a permit from the Forestry Department. According to the WPS, hunting means to kill, take or molest by any method any species of wildlife.
There are 16 species of animals and all birds that are endangered in Belize and the Howler Monkey is one of them.
The Forestry Department does not take the incident lightly and will be laying charges against all of the offenders.
Such cruelty is appalling and should not be tolerated.