Donkey theft rising

2016-10-05 06:00
DONKEYS are currently vulnerable in the Northern Cape and the North West Province.  Photo: Supplied

DONKEYS are currently vulnerable in the Northern Cape and the North West Province. Photo: Supplied

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DONKEY theft is reported to be on the increase in the Northern Cape and North West provinces.

According to the SPCA, there has been an increase in the number of donkeys being stolen for illegal slaughter.

Inspector Matome Semenya from the National SPCA also expressed concern that stolen donkeys were being slaughtered inhumanely and illegally for their hides.

Working donkeys are valuable animals, because they are used by their owners for collecting water, wood, food and supplies and to transport people to clinics and to collect their grants.

“When donkeys are stolen, this can have a devastating effect on the family who rely on these donkeys,” added Inspector Semenya.

Donkey owners are therefore encouraged to inspect their donkeys every day to ensure they are safe.

“If owners put their donkeys into kraals at night to keep them safe, they must also ensure that they provide water for them to drink, especially during this drought.”

Semenya urged members of the community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity around their donkeys to their nearest police station.

Anyone with information about this can also contact him at the National SPCA offices on 011-907-3590/1.

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