SPCAs want say on 2010 ritual killings

2009-10-26 00:00

THE National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has asked to be included in talks about proposed rituals of slaughtering animals at 2010 World Cup venues.

The council was reacting to an article in the Citizen last week, which reported that traditional leaders are set to propose beast-slaughtering rituals at all the World Cup venues ahead of the tournament next year.

The daily quoted Zolani Mkiva, chairman of Makhonya Royal Trust, as saying they want the rituals to be performed at all stadiums: “It is necessary that an inkomo [a cow] be slaughtered at each one of the stadiums and by doing so we would be inviting our African ancestors to be with us throughout the soccer event.

The NSPCA confirmed in a statement this weekend that it aims to being included in talks with the World Cup Local Organising Committee, whose chief executive officer, Danny Jordaan, is due back in South Africa next week.

“The NSPCA position is respectful and supportive of cultural and traditional practices,” the statement read.

“Welfare standards are paramount and these include issues such as transportation of animals, holding facilities, the manner of handling plus the method of slaughter.

“… The NSPCA has a duty to act in the best interests of all animals and to promote their welfare.”

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