SPCA to blitz livestock moves

2009-11-10 00:00

THE SPCA has vowed to come down hard on people who are not using appropriate measures when transporting livestock.

The institution said there will be no leniency for whoever is caught cruelly transporting or mistreating livestock.

SPCA senior inspector Jeanette Salzwedel said they will be embarking on a transport checks.

“It is that time of the season where people will be transporting livestock to various destinations. The sad part is that in some cases the manner in which these animals are transported is cruel …

“Some overcrowd their carriers with cows, sheep or goats, leading to some of these animals ending up underneath the hooves of others due to the slippery surface of the trailer used,” said Salzwedel.

The checks will be carried out indefinitely in various areas of the city and its surroundings.

On Wednesday last week, a huge bull was transported on the back of a trailer which was so low that, according to Salzwedel, if the animal was aggressive it could have easily jumped off the trailer. “… We can charge for any cruelty against animals and we urge people to use the correct measures when transporting animals,” she said.

Salzwedel added that other factors to be taken into consideration are the weather, distance and feeding.

“Pigs, for instance, can’t stand hot weather. The distance you travel will determine the feeding of the animals … Anyone who comes across animals that are, according to their observation, cruelly handled must contact the SPCA,” she said.


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