This is how Planet of the Apes starts as Coronavirus slams the World

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  1. nivek

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    Lockdown impact: Starving monkeys attacking human beings in Ayodhya

    It is not only human being but animals too who are facing the brunt of lockdown as monkeys who are close to starvation have started attacking human beings in the temple town of Ayodhya.

    The Ayodhya police are now busy writing complaints about monkeys. “We have received several complaints of monkey bites in different part of Ayodhya in the past one week. And this number is on the rise,” Sushant Chaudhry a police inspector in the Ram Janmabhoomi complex said.

    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Shree Ram Temple Ayodhya Dr Anil Kumar said that the hospital is getting at least 40 patients of monkey bite daily. “These hungry monkeys are entering the residential areas for food and attacking human being when they are shooed away,” the doctor said.

    The local people say that earlier the pilgrims coming to Ayodhya from different parts of the country used to feed these monkeys with bananas and other fruits. The pilgrims also worship these monkeys as sena (soldiers) of Hanuman.

    During lockdown, entire Ayodhya has been sealed and no pilgrim is allowed to go to any temple or anywhere. The big Ram Navami fair was also not held this time. All the hotels and restaurants are closed too. These restaurants too used to feed the extra or leftover food to moneys. Due to the lockdown, this source of food has also dried up.

    Dr Kumar said that monkeys are turning violent due to lockdown as they are not getting food leading to such change in their behaviour. There are no vehicles on the roads and therefore these monkeys are using empty roads as their play grounds. And if any commuter passes by, they attack him.

    The local administration has asked the local ashrams and temples have started giving food to these starved monkeys but it is very small in quantity as compared to their numbers.

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  2. michael59

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    This is what happens when you make wildlife dependent on human beings. That's why over here they are adamant about people not feeding the bears. If you feed them they will die.

    We had a bunch of marijuana growers in BC feeding the bears dog food so that they would hang around the plants and scare thieves away. All those bears ended up being shot because they were too used to humans.

    They're probably going to have to do the same to the monkeys.
     
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  3. nivek

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    Monkeys could have 'fundamental rights' as Switzerland holds historic vote

    Switzerland is to hold an historic vote on giving monkeys "fundamental rights".

    Citizens will decide on amending their region's constitution to include "fundamental rights to life for nonhuman primates". The vote in the northern half-canton of Basel City was given the go-ahead by the country's supreme court.

    It was triggered after animal rights group Sentience Politics campaigners gathered 100,000 signatures backing the move. The animals are "highly complex beings, possessing an intrinsic, essential interest in living a life of bodily and mental integrity", said the group.

    Cantonal - or state - and city governments opposed the vote saying it could violate federal law. A Basel court last year dismissed a complaint against the legality of the initiative.

    And Switzerland's top court has now rejected an appeal against that ruling. The court said in a statement: "In principle, cantons can go further than the protections guaranteed by the federal constitution. "The initiative does not ask that federal rights accorded to humans be extended to animals, but is asking for the introduction of specific rights for non-human primates.

    "While unusual, this does not in itself contradict the superior law." Sentience Politics told the ATS news agency it was "thrilled at this historic decision".

    It remains unclear when voters will have their say.

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  4. michael59

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    What does that mean?
     
  5. nivek

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    It sounds like they have a list of rights they wish to give these monkeys which doesn't exactly follow our list of rights as humans...

    Splitting hairs maybe?

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