SPCA ‘dropped’ by national lottery

2018-03-01 06:01

FOR the past 15 years, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and its branches across South Africa have received tens of millions of rands in funding from the National Lottery Commission (NLC).

That funding was cut after the NLC announced a shift in its focus to poverty relief, leaving the SPCA and other animal welfare organisations scrambling to make ends meet.

A cut in funding from the national lottery has forced the SPCA to reduce its free services, including the work it does in poor communities.

“The work done by the SPCA and animal welfare organisations may not seem to fit in the category of poverty relief, but the SPCA has been providing free services for the animals of poor people since 1955,” said

Marcelle Meredith, the executive director of the National Council of SPCAs.

“The decision to cut the funding ïs short-sighted and inexcusable.”

The SPCA care is aimed not only at domestic animals. The SPCA also treats and cares for beasts of burden — horses, donkeys and oxen — which their owners use to grow food, earn a living, and for transport. They also treat cattle, sheep and goats, which people depend on for food and meat.

“The loss of such a significant source of funding has had a major impact on branches across the country. These branches work in multiple rural communities, assisting hundreds of animals each month,” said Meredith.

The SPCA receives no funding from government and will now only rely on the generosity of the public to ensure that it can continue the work it does. -NEWS24


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