OSAKA, Japan, - Individuals in the Japanese city of Osaka who feed the city's macaque monkey population may face fines of up to $101, authorities say.
(Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun)
A city government in Osaka Prefecture is expected to ban tourists from feeding Japanese macaques in a bid to dampen the ardor of the well-nourished and consequently fecund monkeys and slow down the excessive increase in their ranks.
The Minoo municipal government also is expected to enact an ordinance to impose fines of up to 10,000 yen on people who feed the monkeys living around the Minoo-Otaki waterfall.
While the Minoo monkeys are designated by the central government as a protected species, their number has grown to about 600--about three times what is considered a suitable figure--prompting the city to impose strict regulations and establish a rare ordinance to fine people feeding animals. The city government will submit the ordinance to the city assembly in September, aiming for its enforcement in April next year.
The city opened the Minoo-yama Shizen-Dobutsuen (Mt. Minoo Animal Park) near the waterfalls in 1955. It allowed holidaymakers to feed the monkeys in the hope that they would visit the park.
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