This news bugged me. The Council of Agriculture approved that farmers can now kill Formosan macaques, using their own judgement to choose macaques causing "emergency to the crops." This is the regulation cited for their decision:
Wildlife Conservation Act
http://law.coa.gov.tw/GLRSnewsout/EngLa ... pe=E&id=79
Wildlife may be hunted or killed under one of the following circumstances, regardless of Article 17, Paragraph 1; Article 18, Paragraph 1; and Article 19, Paragraph 1; however, any such action taken against Protected Wildlife shall be first reported to the Authorities for handling, except in the case of emergency:
2.Damage to crops, poultry, livestock or aquaculture;
When Protected Wildlife causes damage to crops, poultry, livestock or aquaculture, and prior reporting to the Authorities for handling has not been made in case of emergency, Protected Wildlife may be hunted or killed using humane methods approved by the Authorities to prevent above-mentioned damage.
Ok, what exactly is an "emergency" regarding "damage to crops, poultry, livestock or aquaculture"? When I think of emergency, I imagine something like "if we don't stop those monkeys, there would be no rice for the rest of the year for the entire population". However, since whether the damage is an emergency is left to the farmers themselves to determine, I think causing them to lose a dime would be considered an emergency to individual farmers.
What then exactly is the " humane methods approved by the Authorities" to hunt and kill the Formosan macaques? Well, COA doesn't want to restrict the farmer's ingenuity, so that's also left to the farmers themselves to determine. How many can the farmers kill? COA don't care enough to set a limit.
So what if the farmer determined that the entire Formosan macaque family in his area are damaging his fruit patches and creating a personal financial emergency for him, and decides to humanely poison the entire family of macaques? He would be complying with Article 21st of the Wildlife Conservation Act.
Just 20 years ago the Formosan macaques are listed as endangered species, with this policy, I fear this time the macaques would dying out humanely.
The farmers claim nothing can keep these monkeys out of their fields. The monkeys are now used to the fireworks, gas powered horns, knows to avoid traps, electric fence, simply dodges paint balls, and taunts guard dogs. They are also getting more adventurous and farmers have to install metal bars on their windows to keep them out.
Kaohsiung city government came up with a new idea by hiring a movie special effect expert who worked on The Life of Pi and Seediq Bale to make fake dead macaques, and put it up on a pole Seediq Bale style.
The special effect expert even left an opening for the farmers to stuff chicken intestines in order to create a 4D experience for the macaques. Apparently that works. However, one fake dead macaques would cost 20,000 NTD. I wonder if the farmers would find it cheaper to simply make actual dead macaques.