NSPCA threatens Transnet with criminal charges over alleged plans with cats

2017-03-15 19:02
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Cape Town – The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has strongly condemned Transnet's alleged plan to poison stray cats on its properties, saying it would bring criminal charges if the company went through with it.

However, Transnet has denied that it had plans to poison cats.

The NSPCA said in a statement that Transnet had allegedly commissioned a poisoning system to operate nationally at Transnet sites where there were stray cats.

"The brutal, pitiless and ruthless treatment of cats who will suffer, or have already suffered terribly, prior to death is inconceivable," the animal rights agency said.

"The knock-on effect extends to the secondary poisoning and the suffering of other creatures: - including owls and other scavengers."

The NSPCA said it wrote to Transnet on Friday threatening legal action if incidences of cat poisoning were found.

Strays 'posing risks'

In terms of the Animals Protection Act the poisoning of animals is illegal except when it is to kill vermin and marauding animals.

Transnet spokesperson Viwe Tlaleane said no plans to poison cats had been proposed.

"We don't know where they [the NSPCA] get it from," Tlaleane told News24.

In a statement, Transnet said a directive was issued to discourage employees from feeding stray animals.

"The presence of these animals in operational sites poses a health and safety risk for both our employees and the animals themselves," the statement reads.

Transnet said there had been an increase in the number of stray animals entering its premises.

"There have been instances where the animals have been run over or entered inside equipment and machines, posing a risk to themselves, operators and the machinery," Transnet said.

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