Monday, March 30, 2020

JOHANNESBURG – Currently, the NSPCA has over 60 court cases pending for animal welfare offences against animals from all sectors, including working animals, dog fighting, farm animals and wildlife.

The NSPCA’s Special Investigations Unit has a total of 43 cases in the judicial system, with a total of 84 suspects accused.

The Unit secured 24 guilty convictions during 2018 and have secured five guilty convictions during 2019 thus far. All of these cases are related to dogfighting.

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Donkeys slaughtered cruelly

The Special Projects Unit has two pending cases currently in the judicial system, and have secured one successful prosecution namely an individual charged with the illegal and cruel slaughter of donkeys as well as an individual charged for neglecting a diabetic Capuchin monkey. A warrant is out for the accused’s arrest.

A spokesperson of the NSPCA said that the successful prosecution against an individual who willfully harmed a tortoise has seen the accused found guilty of animal cruelty. She received an R500 fine or 50 days imprisonment and denial of ownership of any animal for 5 years for her and any person who lives on the same property as her.

The Donkey Unit also has two cases pending in the judicial system namely an individual charged for intentionally setting a live donkey alight and another charged for viciously injuring a donkey with a sharp object.

This unit has had two successful convictions against an owner found guilty and fined R500 for injuring four of his own donkeys with his cart and also against an individual charged with animal cruelty after having cut off someone else’s dog’s ears and tail. The suspect was found guilty on all the charges laid against him and fined R3000 or nine months imprisonment suspended for five years on condition that the suspect is not found guilty or commit an offence under the Animals Protection Act 72 of 1962 within the period of suspension.

Thandi Modise to be privately prosecuted

The Farm Animal Protection Unit has five pending court cases in the judicial system and is going ahead with private prosecution against Thandi Modise for starving her farm animals in 2014.

The Wildlife Protection Unit had one successful prosecution where the accused was charged for hacking Wildebeest with knives and pangas. The accused was found guilty in terms of conservation ordinance and received a 5 Year suspended sentence of R12 000 or 12 months imprisonment.

This unit has six pending court cases in the judicial system which includes an individual charged for contravening the Animals Protection Act by declawing his tigers, two individuals charged for hacking a dog with a panga and an individual charged with animal fighting by inciting a dog to attack a baboon in a cage.

PHOTO: NSPCA Facebook site

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Elize Parker
Environmental Journalist