43 monkeys poisoned to death in UP; 7 held



Bareilly: As many as 43 monkeys were poisoned to death at a village here allegedly by seven persons who were later arrested, police said today.

The seven persons allegedly fed some poisonous substance to the monkeys in Rajau village yesterday after which a police complaint was lodged by animal welfare organisation People for Animals (PFA).

They were later arrested on charges of mass killing of monkeys in Bithari Chainpur area, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Jolly said, adding the arrested persons have confessed to have killed the monkeys as they were destroying crops and attacking humans.

Meanwhile, PFA founder and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has demanded stringent action against the arrested persons.

PTI