Pair fined for feeding brandy & Coke to monkey

2015-06-23 10:54
Hansie the Capuchin monkey in his cage. (Netwerk24)

Hansie the Capuchin monkey in his cage. (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Two people who allegedly gave a Capuchin monkey brandy and Coke have been convicted of animal cruelty in terms of the Animal Protection Act.

Netwerk24 reported on Tuesday that Frikkie Bosch, 48, and his girlfriend, Joyce Marais, 39, of Zastron were each fined R30 000 or six months' imprisonment, suspended for five years.

They were also found guilty of transporting another Capuchin monkey to the Free State without the necessary permit, and each fined R10 000 or 36 months' imprisonment, suspended for five years.

The couple lost ownership of both monkeys.

Reinet Meyer, senior inspector at the Bloemfontein SPCA, said Bosch and Marais pleaded guilty to both charges. Marais admitted in court that she had seen what had happened, but did nothing to stop it.

Complaint

Meyer said the SPCA received a complaint in October 2014 that Bosch had fed brandy and Coke to one of the monkeys, named Hansie.

An affidavit from two former Zastron residents stated that Bosch regularly gave the drink to Hansie, and that the other monkey, Sussie, was illegally brought to the Free State from Durban in May 2014.

The SPCA seized the monkeys in October 2014.

Meyer said Hansie had bald spots on his body and displayed autistic behaviour which could be as a result of consuming the alcoholic drink. He would sway back and forth all day.

"Sussie, in our opinion, suffered the worst abuse and was chronically thin. A veterinarian who examined the monkeys was very shocked.

"Both monkeys are now in a safe place. Wild animals belong in the wild, not in cages with human clothes and tots of brandy and Coke," Meyer said.

Prosecutor Advocate Antoinette Ferreira warned the court that diseases such as hepatitis and rabies can be transmitted between monkeys illegally transported between provinces.

"They also need environmental enrichment in their cages, which did not exist in this case."

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