On Tuesday, the World Health Organization appealed to the public not to harm the monkeys as cases of the monkeypox virus continue to soar worldwide.
“What people need to know very clearly is that the transmission we are seeing is happening between humans,” WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said.
“They should certainly not be attacking any animals,” Harris added.
At the moment, more than 32,000 cases of monkeypox have been documented in nearly 90 countries since an outbreak began in May.
According to reports, more than 2,000 of those cases were in Brazil.
The WHO issued the appeal after seven monkeys in Brazil died after showing symptoms consistent with poisoning.
The reports also state that at least three more displayed similar signs of intoxication.
Brazilian officials reportedly noted that fear of monkeypox might be inspiring aggression toward monkeys but also pointed out that animal trafficking could be responsible for “deliberate” abuse of the animals.