Kamberg shoot: Hunters duck as SPCA protests ‘cruel’ sport

2011-08-26 00:00

KILLING animals for sport might seem like fun to some, but the SPCA is outraged about a planned duck hunt in Kamberg at the weekend.

“It’s absolute cruelty,” SPCA’s Dudu Abraham said.

Her concern is for the birds that are shot but not killed because of a hunter’s poor aim.

She said no one can confirm whether or how the birds will be humanely killed when they are severely wounded and left flapping and bloodied.

The shoot is legal and has been approved by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Hunters buy a R20 open game permit that allows them a limitless bounty.

Hunters are not legally compelled to stop shooting when their bag is full, although most stop at “eight birds to each gun”, said Ezemvelo’s Martin Erasmus.

He will be monitoring tomorrow afternoon’s hunt to ensure hunters have “the proper licences, the land owners’ permission and that safety rules are carried out”.

Asked about the SPCA’s concern for the wounded birds and how they will be dealt with, Erasmus replied, “That’s up to the hunter.”

Nottingham Road’s Clifton Preparatory School was said to be the recipient of the hunt’s fundraising, but principal Brendan Brady said “it was never initiated as a fundraiser for the school”.

Some of the pupils’ parents are involved in the shoot and offered part of the proceeds to build a new school pool, but the duck shoot was found to be against the school’s “environmental ethos”.

Kamberg Valley Association (KVA) chairperson Brad Price said some land owners are worried the advertised fundraiser will become a “commercial shoot with 100 guns”.

“If there is any duck shoot going ahead it’s strictly on their own farms” because the KVA has withdrawn its support, Price said.

A school parent who came up with the fundraising idea said the hunt will be a private shoot on private land.

He said some members of the small community are unhappy with the idea of a fundraiser, so they abandoned it.

SPCA’s Maureen Vida is concerned the hunt’s organisers are “feeding them [the birds] to lure them” to the farm.

Abraham said “people can find other ways to entertain themselves” and killing animals for sport sends “such a bad message to kids”.

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