No planet of apes in India's hill state of Uttarakhand: Monkeys put on birth control pills

Uttarakhand will be the first state in India to use such a method to control animal population. Photograph:( Getty )

Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India Aug 29, 2016, 12.38 PM (IST)
The local government in India's hill state of Uttarakhand is planning to complete its late leader Sanjay Gandhi's pet mission in the mid 1970s -- forced sterilisation.

But luckily for us, unlike Gandhi's plot to curb population in the country by sterilising poor men, the Congress government will use birth control pills to rein in the burgeoning monkey population in the state. 

The state forest department will team up with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to ensure female monkeys are given oral immuno-contraceptives to leave them temporarily infertile, The Times of India reported.

"The vaccine will be mixed with food and will render the female infertile for a year. The dose will be repeated over a period of four years. The monkeys will either be tagged or identified from their traits," said WII director V B Mathur.

The oral contraceptive will produce antibodies in the monkey which will block fertilisation.

The entire shindig to control the monkey population in Uttarakhand is purely down to their nonsensical value.

Initially, the government will procure the drug named Porcine zona pellucida (PZP) from the United States to accomplish this feat. But since the drug is costly, the state might look at similar vaccines that can be manufactured on a mass scale.