18 animals already killed in platform-hunt - NSPCA

2015-09-08 11:53
One of the hunters sits on a platform waiting for prey. (Photo from Ban Animal Trading, Facebook)

One of the hunters sits on a platform waiting for prey. (Photo from Ban Animal Trading, Facebook)

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Johannesburg - Despite a public outcry, the platform-hunt at a farm outside Alldays in Limpopo continued and 18 animals were killed, the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said.

"It is with sadness that we have to report that the hunt has continued despite the phenomenal public outcry opposing this. We can confirm that 18 animals were killed [Monday], including gemsbuck, eland, wildebeest, warthogs, Impala and duiker. We mourn their lives," the NSPCA said on its Facebook page.

"We will update our supporters as frequently as possible over the following days but please understand that we are relying on our field team for updates and their priority is the animals and the reception in the area is also limited."

On Monday, Ainslee Hay from the NSPCA' Wildlife Protection Unit said it had obtained a warrant to inspect the farm it believes is hosting the 2km-long game shoot from platforms.

'Massacre' of animals

On Friday, the NSPCA launched a Facebook campaign urging followers to call or e-mail the Limpopo environment department to stop the hunt it believed was going to be a "massacre" of animals in the area.

The council said foreign hunters stand on purpose-built platforms to shoot animals driven into their path.

This type of hunting was not illegal, but "unethical and inhumane as a clean shot and certain death cannot be guaranteed".

Not killing the animal outright contravened the Animals Protection Act and the meat could not be eaten as it would be full of bullets.

Hay told News24 this type of hunting was unusual in South Africa.

"It is completely for profit. It is a European style of hunting - we've never heard of it in South Africa before.

Department spokesperson Simon Matume said on Monday a team had been sent to the farm to establish what is happening. After that the department hopes to be in a position to issue a statement.

He could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday.

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