Although the protest went off well and was orderly causing no disruption to the public or traffic it was unfortunately marred by heavy criticism of the Klein Constantia Estate. The estate issued an explanatory press statement well before the protest action which unfortunately received little media coverage and as such, in ignorance I think, posters attacking the estate were displayed (See photo at the end). Klein Constantia’s statement reads as follows:

“STATEMENT FROM KLEIN CONSTANTIA

As has been reported, Klein Constantia and the neighbouring farm were issued with a permit by CapeNature, whose statutory responsibility is biodiversity conservation, entitling the removal of up to two baboons per day, valid for one year from October 2017. Since the issuing of the permit in October 2017, seven baboons were identified and eliminated by a conservation professional across both properties, the details of which were reported to CapeNature. We have no intention of acting further on our permit.

This decision was not taken lightly and only as a last resort following increasingly aggressive raiding behaviour which intensified over the course of 2017. We have a responsibility to protect staff, guests and farm animals.

Cape Nature issued the permit following an extensive consultation process whereby it was satisfied that all other non-lethal options available had been implemented and exhausted, over the course of several years. These included erecting specialised electric fencing, implementing a virtual fence system (mimicking predator sounds when baboons approached), employing full-time baboon monitors and planting alternative cover crops.

As an organisation we are committed to continue working with all stakeholders in finding the best baboon management solution for the Cape Peninsula.”

Blogging on the protest action I thought only just to also give Klein Constantia’s side its fair share.

This event illustrates that one must always be aware all issues have two sides.

Almost weekend again so enjoy the day.

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