African call to end bull slaughter

2009-09-30 00:00

THE Africa Network for Animal Welfare has called on the South African Parliament to halt the bare-handed killing of a bull at the First Fruit Festival that will be hosted in KwaZulu-Natal on the first Saturday of December.

The animal welfare organisation, with representatives from 10 African countries, have signed a petition asking the South African Parliament to denounce the ritual where the bull is torn limb from limb facing a terrifying and agonising death as unbecoming of modern Africa.

In their petition they ask Parliament to halt the upcoming event with immediate effect. They stated that it no longer represents the image Africa should portray to the world.

“We believe that cruelty to animals is not the face of Africa that will see us contributing to a global discourse as competent and dignified participants,” said their petition.

The organisation said on the first-ever pan-African conference on animal welfare, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 21 to 24, delegates called for the recognition of animals as “sentient”, deserving of care, respect and protection.

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