Killing harmful monkeys

Fatwa no. 5035 Praise be to Allah Alone. May peace and blessings be upon His Last Prophet.The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has reviewed the question referred to His Eminence, the General Chairman from the President of the Courts of Al-Bahah and registered in the Departments of Scholarly Research, (no. 1389), dated (12/7/1402). The question submitted reads as follows:A person called (...) from the village of Shabrakah complained that the monkeys have caused great harm to his farm and that of other citizens in the same village to the extent that they can not benefit at all from the harvest produced by different trees cultivated in these farms. (Part No. 26; Page No. 191) A committee has been formed with representatives from the security authorities, the municipality, and the health and agriculture departments for the purpose of providing effective solutions to get rid of these monkeys. Therefore, three solutions have been submitted:1. Resolving the problems by the help of forest watchers who work for the ministry of agriculture in order to protect these farms against the attacks of monkeys in the same way that they fight locusts.2. Using some toxins such as Zinc Phosphate by spreading it on the foods that monkeys usually eat. However, this may demand the presence of a specialized person to put such substance in places where monkeys exist and watch them by night, lest other kinds of animals should be harmed by the effect of that substance.3. Allowing the forest watchers to use their weapons against such monkeys when they appear in order to protect such farms. The Police Department may also be entrusted with the task of sending a solider to shoot the monkeys when they appear.We hope that Your Eminence will attend to this issue and the proposed solutions giving us your opinion. May Allah keep you safe!

Examining the question, the Committee is of the opinion that there is no harm in killing the attacking monkeys in a way that does not harmfully affect the other animals.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.