2 000 frogs rescued from Gauteng dealer

2010-12-28 21:38

Johannesburg - About 2 000 frogs were rescued from a dealer in Vereeniging and released back into the wild on Tuesday, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said.

The frogs were found in bucket-like containers at Solly's Anglers Supplies and were on sale as live fishing bait, the NSPCA said in a statement.

"Pain and suffering is undoubtedly caused when a fishing hook is inserted through parts of their body (and) this constitutes contraventions of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 and anyone acting in this way could be criminally prosecuted."

The organisation said there had been instances where frogs were forced into bottles and sold as live bait along the side of roads near fishing areas.

It said frogs were very sensitive to handling due to their more delicate skin than many vertebrates.

Slowly suffocated

The NSPCA said when these creatures were put in bottles they did not have access to oxygen. This made it difficult for them to breathe and as a result they slowly suffocated.

"We urge the public not to support this cruel practice and rather use alternative non-live baits," the organisation said.

Constable Tebogo Lephoto said no criminal case was opened against the shop owners, but the NSPCA was responsible for taking action against them.

He said police were only called in to assist the NSPCA after the shop owners, who allegedly did not have permits for the frog business, refused them entry into their premises.

An order had to be granted to force the owners to let the officials in.

  • Jacques - 2010-12-29 07:32

    SPCA = Idiocracy

      BigMoose - 2010-12-29 10:43

      Idiocracy=Jacques. This is the SPCA's job. Cruelty to animals is a crime. This organisation protects animal rights. Is there something you don't understand about this?

      Eric Buirman - 2010-12-29 14:23

      Big moose. You are the Idiot! What do you do when there is a frog in your house? I personally throw it outside and most of the time the dog eats it. I guess you dont eat meat aswell? Or mushrooms, thats technecally a animal too. I think they should just put news worth reading on here!

      W.m. - 2010-12-29 14:38

      & Eric: there is only one word to describe the both of you - ARSEHOLES!! Cruelty to animals & support of it, no matter what the creature, shows what a psychotic, antisocial and insensitive person you really are. Your parents must be proud!

  • Jim - 2010-12-29 07:45

    News is obviously hard to come by.

  • AGENT - 2010-12-29 08:05

    What a heap of k@k.

  • Brad - 2010-12-29 08:14

    Stick the owners of the business in buckets and jars. I am so tired of a-holes like this. Do they not realise that the animals I want my kids to see when they are older are disapearing so quickly they might not get a chance to. Humans are so self caring and distructive, come on guys do something nice for a change, then pay it forward you will be glad you did.

  • Amas - 2010-12-29 08:21

    This is unbelievable - who the hell is interested in frogs when we have murder, rape, and carnage on the roads to deal with???

      Enigma07 - 2010-12-29 09:29

      Well us humans will screw everything up. Murder,rape & carnage are caused by mankind and now he is inflicking this on the poor frogs.

      Amelia - 2011-01-05 14:05

      I agree with Jaco!!!!

  • Billy - 2010-12-29 08:24

    Next thing this rediculous organisation will ban fishing as the pain of the hook will cause the fish to suffer.

      Ockert - 2010-12-29 08:34

      Yeah kill off everything - frogs , rhino's this is what you say ?--- we as humans are slowly messing up the enviroment and everything !

  • gareth09 - 2010-12-29 08:25

    These guys must feel the pain these creatures feel. You get what you give

  • Billy - 2010-12-29 08:32

    This rediculous organisation will probably next ban fishing as the hook causes pain.

      BigMoose - 2010-12-29 10:54

      It is spelled "ridiculous", just like the comment.

  • - 2010-12-29 08:36

    its a conspiracy.......... first frogs, then birds, then rabbits then dogs and cats.....more place on earth for ANC fatcats.

  • JDuvenhage - 2010-12-29 08:36

    The slowest nerve fibers are located in the dermis of the skin and are responsible for pain sensation. Unlike the other skin nerves they are not myelinated. In the frog they have signal velocities of between 0.5 and 4 meters/sec with most being in the range of 1.5 to 3 meters/sec (Spray - 1976). These signals can be triggered by weak acid, intense mechanical stimuli, and strong heating. The significant characteristic of these fibers is the long initial latency of 500 to 700 milliseconds before the maximal response in the action potential pulse (Hogg - 1935). The maximal response occurs near the beginning of the pulse and is followed by slow decline in action potential frequency lasting up to a second for severe pain stimulus.Since the pain signal velocities in the frog are so slow and have such a long initial latency they are not responsible for triggering any kind withdrawal action (the fast pain system in the toad being the exception). This separation of fast withdrawal from pain continues throughout vertebrate evolution. Since these pain signals do not trigger an action they must be responsible for the reinforcement signal in operant conditioning learning and should thus project to the reticular formation (no studies have been done to track the pain fibers in frogs or toads) and connect to the neurons differently and perhaps with different neurotransmitters than the behavior triggering neurons. See

      gareth09 - 2010-12-29 09:01

      Please man, so this justifies the treatment. Maybe crime and all the problems we have now is payback.

      JDuvenhage - 2010-12-29 12:33

      Gareth09 - So what you are saying the reason why we have ruthless, murderous individuals slaughtering not just the white minority but their own people as well, is because of our callousness toward the animal kingdom? Please, let me reiterate our situation. We are as Human Beings the superior group in this world. Until any other species show any indication that they act on behalf of choice rather than instinct or show any signs or patterns of innovative thought, we as humans will stay superior. Though we are destructive even to our own kind does not dissolve our superiority. I am not justifying cruelty toward mammals, but to put your hands up and shout foul when a lobster is boiled is absurd. We know their sensory nervous system is a null, so why care. You don’t care where your sirloin comes from so please, stop insinuating utter nonsense and start a fire, slap on a nice piece of meat and enjoy.

      gareth09 - 2010-12-29 14:21

      Well, there is your answer. You consider yourself as been part of a superior group and I actually do care where my sirloin comes from.

      JDuvenhage - 2010-12-29 15:15

      No not BEEN - I AM part of the Superior group called Human. Ok then fine you care about your Sirloin. I don't care as long as it is beef, clean and obviously A Grade. I simply do not care, I will even go shoot the damn thing myself. Try La Pentola, Shane's Frog Legs is a killer... Get it? Killer? Oh, never mind, enjoy the New Year thing.

  • JDuvenhage - 2010-12-29 08:39

    And here they have police escorting them. You phone cops and tell them there are five robbers in your home and you will wait. But if you have a normal citizen selling frogs? They will turn up with backup.

      Adriaan - 2011-01-08 02:38

      Roughly a year ago the SPCA criticised the 'Guauteng Plot Holder' for publishing basic details on how to dress your own chickens. They were accused of allegedly propagating 'inhumane' practices. When I commented in the next issue that King Henry VIII had queen Anne Boleyn beheaded in public at the Tower of London, and that similar means of execution by the French and under Islamic laws were practised elsewhere during history, even untill this day, their reply was deafening silence. All I know is that during the National Angling competitions at Loskop and Bloemhof, not a single Green-blazered bugger used anything else to catch Barbel et c.. Xenopus Laevis is a scourge that decimates small fish by the millions - daily. They are almost as bad as the alien British Bass or Trout. How do you 'humanely' kill anything anyway? Strange wicked old world we're livin in Baas Jack! If it wasn't so sad that hundreds of eager young bafana-bafanas are now being robbed by the SPCA of an honest income collecting 'platties' for selling to lazy fishermen, the whole thing would not have been so ironical. By the way, the Royal SPCA -UK published an 86-page downloadable free booklet on how to keep Xenopus Laevis properly. 'Illegal'? Nope, not at all! Just stick to the rules... Methinks some ignorant newsmen are currently bored with reporting on violence and traffic violations in the festive season. Ag Shame Man!

  • platanna - 2010-12-29 08:43

    Mayor Giuliani of New York city implemented "zero tolerance" to combat the high crime rates. He started his hightly successful campaign with fixing broken windows

  • Blackpride - 2010-12-29 08:53

    At this time of the year politics die down, so therefore no real news to report, hence this lame story on frogs.

  • chipeya - 2010-12-29 09:01

    Good work. Today they kill frogs, tomorrow it's cats, then it's dogs and the ultimate prize is us - humans. I bet these thugs we have today started by squashing ants then frogs then cats and no we're all running for cover coz they dont think twice about putting a bullet in your head and going home to have a lekker sleep! Teach your kids to respect evn frogs and watch the crime rate plummet. In any case you may be a frog in your next life and...imagine a fishing hook up your rear!

  • tgenade - 2010-12-29 09:39

    cr1t wrote: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." This is BS. The Nazis sent people to concentration camps for abuse to animals and in India, which sports more vegetarians than any other country gleefully oppress their poor, forcing them into slums. People who treat people well also love animals. People who treat animals well often mistreat people in favour of animals. This you can quote: the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its people are treated.

  • ricknaicker - 2010-12-29 10:01

    There seems to have alot of negative comments towards the NSPCA who is fighting for what they believe in. To those who see this has been an unimportant and usless cause, you are wrong!!!! Most criminals and murderers start of by torturing and killing and animals.. and then they move to humans. AND is compassion such a difficult thing??? Why do people have to hurt living creatures around them. They mind their own business so if we can start doing that, we will have a much better world to live in. Those who are not able to respect his environment and everything living in it deserves no respect!

  • BigMoose - 2010-12-29 11:01

    All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, (including frogs) All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

  • Susannomore - 2010-12-29 11:43

    I rescued a kitten from the Vereeniging SPCA and I can tell you that they are excellent in what they do. They are careing and loving. Well done

  • Susannomore - 2010-12-29 11:45

    To all the idiots who commented on this page. I tell you what, let's stick a hook in you and throw you in the water to be eated. I reiterate - IDIOTS

      JDuvenhage - 2010-12-29 12:22

      Go eat a salad.

      Susannomore - 2010-12-29 14:34

      Strong reply! Well done - really made your point!!

  • Susannomore - 2010-12-29 12:10

    For those of you that live in the Vaal, or actually give a damn, it was Solly's in Vereeniging. They have posted the details on their Facebook page.

      JDuvenhage - 2010-12-29 15:16

      Haha ha haa excuse the pun... Vaal Damn? Ha ha haa Oh man, you are one funny lady. Guess it is the 'Silly Season' hey?

  • Andrea Weiss - 2011-03-07 15:14

    From an environmental point of view, simply releasing frogs is potentially disastrous. They could introduce disease into a healthy population or be a species that is alien to particular area. I hope the SPCA did their homework on this.

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