Animal poisoning increases

2017-04-25 07:40
Steve Smith with some of the monkeys that were found poisoned recently. Photo: supplied

Steve Smith with some of the monkeys that were found poisoned recently. Photo: supplied

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SEVEN monkeys, a cat, a dog and several wild birds have been found dead in and around the Highway area and it has been confirmed they were poisoned.

Steve Smit of Monkey Helpline said they were devastated when they responded to a call-out and found monkeys and a Hadeda poisoned. 

“The caller said the monkeys had no visible signs of injury. We immediately suspected poisoning but were unprepared for the scene that greeted us when we arrived. Seven dead monkeys and an eighth adult female barely alive, with her terrified baby clinging to her body,” he said.

Smit said that KwaZulu-Natal is experiencing a spate of monkey poisonings recently with 14 monkeys poisoned and dead in Hibberdene a few weeks ago, four monkeys poisoned in Hilton a week ago, eight in Queensburgh and some in the Upper Highway area.

“In these incidents, there would be other monkeys poisoned that would either lie in the bush nearby and die or be picked up by unsuspecting people and disposed of. We can only hope that these despicable psychopaths whose callous disregard for life must be of concern to all decent people will be identified, arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he added.

Lisa Mörck, the marketing manager of the Kloof and Highway SPCA, agreed with Smit and appealed to the community, to come forward with any information about who the perpetrators are or with information about any other pets or animals whose death was of a suspicious nature.

All information will be treated confidentially and can be e-mail controller@kloofspca.

“We would like to thank the members of the community who reported this tragedy to Monkey Helpline and remind everyone that it is important that we do not tolerate any act of cruelty to animals,” she said. - Supplied.


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