Conscious crocs slaughtered for fashion

2012-05-11 22:10

Pretoria - A charge of animal cruelty will be laid against a Rustenburg farm in the North West for allegedly slaughtering fully conscious crocodiles, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NCSPCA) said on Friday.

Spokesman Nazareth Appalsamy said the reptiles were supposed to be pre-stunned before being killed.

Juvenile crocodiles at the farm were being killed to provide skins for the fashion industry.

"The method of slaughter [or pithing] was that a knife was used to cut the nape of the neck, then a screwdriver inserted to mangle or scramble their brains before a long wire was run down their spinal cords," said Appalsamy.

The purpose of pre-stunning was to render the animals unconscious before being slaughtered.

Crocodiles on the farm concerned were fully conscious during the pithing process.

"Personnel from the National Council's Farm Animal Unit intervened, stopped the process and issued a warning in terms of the Animals Protection Act."

He said a follow-up inspection showed that conditions had improved for the animals, but the organisation would still push ahead to lay charges against the farm.

  • Crracker - 2012-05-11 22:45

    Throw the rubbish in jail. If some crocodilian race ruled this world and did the same to the rubbish in question one would have expected the same against that individual crocodile.

  • Multi - 2012-05-11 23:17

    maak die mense kaal teen n pilaar vas, dan sit jy n langbek tangetjie neer...elke persoon wat verbyloop kan dan n stukkie van sy vel afruk!!! dan kan die mense weet hoe voel dit om bietjie-bietjie dood tegaan!!!! Dit is diere met gevoel wat julle so doodmaak!!!!

      Deana - 2012-05-12 09:22

      Fannie- you again! Take the Afrikaans bee out of your bonnet!

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-05-12 00:14

    Feed them to the crocs!!!

  • bnnyoni - 2012-05-12 01:03

    killing is killing pre-stunning or not.

  • Deana - 2012-05-12 06:01

    Disgusting! Do the same to the heartless, cruel butchers. Stop using animal skin to feed your own vanity! No handbag, purse, boots or coat is worth the suffering it causes helpless animals!

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-05-12 06:27

    Hi Guys as jy krokedil skoen wil dra gaan na die krokedil rivier en vang een draai hom om en trek sy skoene uit dan hoef jy hom nie dood maak nie dit is as hy nog skoene het Mike en Kallie het hulle dalk al gevang en die skoene gevat.

      Jean - 2012-05-12 07:39

      Clearly Fannie you didn't learn from apartheid but then again your kind always shouts racist and apartheid when you yourself show healthy influenced apartheid ways. We live in a democracy so we can speak/type in the language we want to... So hou maar net jou f()kin bek.

      Deana - 2012-05-12 09:20

      Fannie- this article is about the suffering of animals. If Chriskoi1 want to express his view in his language- let him be. By bringing race language into this, you belittle the pain and suffering of the crocs. Please, man- stay with the issue on hand and keep your hatred for Afrikaans to yourself, hoor?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-12 14:12

      Fannie, what the hell has the Soweto uprisings got to do with a crocodile being killed?. Can't you people ever move on?.

  • rhodgkiss - 2012-05-12 06:59

    Maim and place the perpetrators in the adult crocodile enclosure with the big mammas, but do not let them lapse into unconsciousness before the crocs get to them. It is about time positive, real and lasting effective action is taken against cruelty and poaching!

  • T Guffy Soato - 2012-05-12 07:04

    killing is killing mahn

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-12 07:16

    things people do for money

  • nikondaniel - 2012-05-12 08:28

    Disgusting! Close their business down and jail them.

  • James - 2012-05-12 09:30

    I have heard Mr Appalsamy has a vendetta against the croc industry after a personal fight with one of the farmers. Just saying. The way cattle, goats and other livestock are slaughtered in the rural areas is no better. They certainly aren't "stunned" first. So Mr Appalsamy has plenty of targets after this one.

      Jean - 2012-05-12 09:43

      So the way crocs are killed is okay?!

      Jean - 2012-05-12 09:43

      So the way crocs are killed is okay?!

  • Paul - 2012-05-12 10:36

    They peel better alive!

      Deana - 2012-05-12 11:37


  • Jacqui - 2012-05-12 14:09

    Issue a warning, the bloody savage shoud have been arrested. I hope he is a crocodile's meal soon. I can't understand these ugly people who want to parade around in skin and fur of beautiful animals. Yuck.

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