Pupils 'blow up doves with firecrackers'

2013-05-30 10:23
Crackers (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

Crackers (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - Reports of primary school boys boasting at school how they blew up doves and sometimes rabbits with firecrackers have shocked Bloemfontein residents.

Volksblad reported that one boy apparently even made a video on his cellphone of how he blew up a dove and used it to boast to schoolmates about it.

A parent said her 11-year-old son came home almost daily with stories of how his friends blew up birds with crackers.

'They like the explosion'

The boy, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation, said he was shocked and upset to hear his friends’ stories. 

“When they buy crackers, they ask for the kind that make the most noise and damage. They like the explosion,” he said.

The boy said the incidents have been increasing.

“When I saw the video, I couldn’t believe they were doing it. I thought it was unfair because animals have rights too. Shame.” 

The boy’s mother said she was shocked to hear about the incidents and told how easy it was to buy the crackers at a local shop. 

An SPCA official in Bloemfontein said they had not received any complaints about these incidents, but encouraged people to report them.

“It is very serious, it is animal abuse and we will act on it. Crackers are against the law,” said Reinet Meyer.

A police spokesperson said shops had to have permits to sell firecrackers and were not allowed to sell them to people under 18.

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