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India: Meet the monkey catchers of Delhi01:28

India: Meet the monkey catchers of Delhi

India, Delhi
August 8, 2014 at 17:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mohammed Akram is a monkey catcher and the head of a colony in the outskirts of Delhi which is home to around 250 Kalanders, people who traditionally handle animals like monkeys and bears to earn a living. But due to laws against using langurs, Mohamed's ability to earn a living is being threatened, he said Friday.

Akram used to rely on black-faced langurs to chase away the smaller rhesus monkeys that create all kinds of problems in Delhi. But for one-and-half years it has been illegal for Kalanders to keep and use langurs, a protected species, and they are struggling for their livelihood. Akram now avoids taking his langurs to work and instead uses a net to catch monkeys, which are relocated to sanctuaries by the local government, but his earnings have fallen.

Meanwhile the rhesus monkeys continue to enter houses and offices, including central government buildings. They destroy files, steal food, and sometimes bite people which can lead to rabies.

India: Meet the monkey catchers of Delhi01:28
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Mohammed Akram is a monkey catcher and the head of a colony in the outskirts of Delhi which is home to around 250 Kalanders, people who traditionally handle animals like monkeys and bears to earn a living. But due to laws against using langurs, Mohamed's ability to earn a living is being threatened, he said Friday.

Akram used to rely on black-faced langurs to chase away the smaller rhesus monkeys that create all kinds of problems in Delhi. But for one-and-half years it has been illegal for Kalanders to keep and use langurs, a protected species, and they are struggling for their livelihood. Akram now avoids taking his langurs to work and instead uses a net to catch monkeys, which are relocated to sanctuaries by the local government, but his earnings have fallen.

Meanwhile the rhesus monkeys continue to enter houses and offices, including central government buildings. They destroy files, steal food, and sometimes bite people which can lead to rabies.

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