Killing of grey duiker tragic

2016-03-15 06:00

I REFER to your article dated 1 March in respect of the grey duiker that was killed by dogs in Assagay.

It saddens me that residents and native locals have developed a total disregard and have no appreciation for the beauty of nature and just won’t let it be.
Not only do we have this "concrete jungle" amassing around this once beautiful and serene neighbourhood, slowly destroying what nature has created, we have to put up with these poor helpless animals being torn to pieces by dogs or hunted by the locals.
I am not only referring to the story of the grey duiker, but also the tragic story of the rare and beautiful crowned eagle that was killed a year or so ago, the killing of a beautiful "neighbourhood" peacock that was run over by a speeding car in Forest Hills also a little over a year ago - these are tragic stories.

To my absolute horror and shock, on the morning of Thursday, 18 February I witnessed two locals carrying a grey duiker, which appeared to have be hunted and slaughtered, along Inanda Road in full view of the public.

I think my horror is not only that this animal was clearly slaughtered in a brutal manner, but that these men had the audacity to carry the animal, in broad daylight, on a very busy main road for all to see.

Sadly for me, to stop my vehicle and intervene with these "poachers" would not have been to my advantage as a woman on my own, but I appeal to upper highway residents to please keep their dogs in and to the Assagay Wildlife Watch, thank you for all that you do, but to please be ever present and aware and do all you can to preserve what's left of the fauna on our conservancies.

I hope we can find it within ourselves to look closely and see what is happening around us. Its a very sad picture we leave behind for our children and their children. Do we not want for them to share in the privileges of nature and beauty we had growing up.

This is my appeal to you all.

Distressed resident

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