SPCA clamps down on animal transporters

2008-10-13 00:00

The SPCA has warned that it will crack down hard on any person who is found in contravention of the Animal Protection Act while transporting animals. This follows various incidents recently in which the SPCA was called to help animals in distress.

SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said that on Friday, SPCA emergency services received a call reporting two bakkies carrying cattle and goats that had been stopped by Member of Parliament Tsapo Dlamini on the Edendale road. “He was concerned by the obvious cruelty to the animals because of the manner in which they were being transported. SPCA senior inspector Jeanette Salzwedel escorted the bakkies to the SPCA where the animals were offloaded.

“In the morning the owners … paid all expenses incurred to the SPCA, and hired suitable vehicles to transport the animals to their destination. Their two vehicles were impounded by RTI as they were found to be unroadworthy.”

Vida expressed the SPCA’s gratitude to Dlamini and to the RTI, SAPS dog unit and SAPS Alexandra Road for their help.

On Saturday, the SPCA was called to Alexandra Road, where a Brahman bull had fallen off the back of a bakkie. “The sides were too flimsy to support the animal’s weight,” said Vida.

In yet another incident, three men were arrested after they crammed 21 cattle into a seven-ton truck. Seven cattle died. The men spent three nights in holding cells before they paid R1 000 bail each. Daniel Stewart of the SPCA said they are pushing for a R30 000 fine.

Vida said contraventions in these incidents included:

• mixed species loaded together

• inadequate flooring on the trucks

• unroadworthy vehicles

• load space cluttered with other items

• inadequate sides to the trucks made from sharp, hazardous material capable of inflicting injuries to the animals.

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