Thailand: Appeal to reduce Monkey Deaths close to Pattaya Silverlake
30th March 2015;
An appeal has begun to increase awareness of the many monkey deaths which are occurring close to the Silverlake area, on the outskirts of Pattaya, where over 1,000 Monkeys are thought to live in forested areas.
On Sunday Afternoon we visited the area and spotted a dead monkey on the side of Highway 331 in Kow Chi Chan close to Silverlake in the Na-Jomtien area. It was clear that the monkey had just died and appeared to be feeding at the time of its demise.
Local Authorities are appealing for motorists and members of the public not to feed the monkeys close to the roads as it teaches them that food is available close to the highway which can lead to accidents as monkeys go in search of their next meal.
Compounding the problem is the release of unwanted pet monkeys in the area which are not used to living in the wild and are generally not accepted by groups of wild monkeys, forcing them to search for food away from the forested areas.
Source: Pattaya One