Charges have been levied against four persons after a black howler monkey was severely beaten by a group of high school students. On March 5th, it was reported that some students from the Belize High School of Agriculture in the Orange Walk district, captured the monkey, tied him up and then attacked him using slingshots and sticks. The Forest Department wasted no time in launching an investigation into the incident. Last week, a teacher – Angel Carillo and three students were charged with unlawful hunting. Belize’s books define hunting as the act of killing, molesting, taking or attempting to kill, take and/or molest any species of wildlife by any methods. The maximum penalty attached to the offense is one thousand dollars or six months imprisonment.