Wild animals are not pets

2017-11-14 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedThe pregnant duiker that was kept as a pet.

PHOTO: SuppliedThe pregnant duiker that was kept as a pet.

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“I urge anyone who finds a wild animal in need to contact their local wildlife authority or rehabilitation facility. Sometimes these animals aren’t even in need and should be left where they are, or gently moved to a safer area. We need to work together to ensure the preservation of wild populations,” she added.

Barbara Patrick Kloof and Highway SPCA manager also shunned this act.

“Maiming, the act of removing important parts of an animal, is illegal. Wild animals belong in the wild and we would never encourage the public to keep wild animals as pets. This should be reported immediately.”

Trish Edwards of Assagay Wildlife Watch was dismayed to learn about duikers being kept as pets, and in some instances, maimed.

“It is illegal to keep any indigenous wildlife in captivity without a permit, and such incidents should be reported to Ezemvelo Wildlife,” she added.

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