Vets face charges for 'butchering' monkey

2012-10-16 22:29

Johannesburg - Criminal charges will be laid against two East Rand veterinarians for allegedly "butchering" a Vervet monkey, the National SPCA said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Jaco Pieterse said one of the vets, from Springs, apparently operated for unknown reasons on the stomach of the small, black-faced monkey.

He allegedly amputated the two back limbs and a front forearm and then kept the animal alive.

An independent veterinarian described the operation as "a butcher's job".

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it would lay criminal charges against the vet in terms of the Animals Protection Act.

Charges would also be laid against a second vet, who allegedly kept the monkey in a bedroom.

The two had been reported to the SA Veterinary Council.

Pieterse said when officials went to remove the monkey from the vet's premises, they found it chained by the remaining limb in a cage.

"[The monkey's] quality of life was so compromised that it was deemed cruel to keep her alive... the Vervet monkey was humanely euthanised and her body has been sent for a post-mortem examination," Pieterse said.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-10-16 22:50

    This sounds like something out of The Brothers Grimm. These so called vets should be jailed and barred from ever practicing again. What the hell goes through your head?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-17 07:04

      This is far removed from 'normal'. What could possibly be their motive? Just shows that even education is not enough sometimes...

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-10-17 07:08

      @TimTheTanker "you're life is now less valuable then a rats" ok so this just proves to us all that your just as sick and twisted. Who talks like that anyways?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-16 22:51

    This world is really a sick place. Time for a global catastrophe.

      rob.young.5095110 - 2012-10-17 04:25

      So a global catastrophe will only sort out the sick & evil and not the innocent..? Hopefully it takes care of the stupid to.

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2012-10-17 04:30

      You are just as sick by calling for a global catastrophe! People are going on and on about how sick the world has become, surprise, surprise: it's always been this sick we just never had easy access to information before like we do now! Moron!

      emile.marais - 2012-10-17 05:10

      Evil will die with the last breath of the last Human.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-10-17 00:06

    Looking forward to finding out who these bastards are so that when they are exposed their worlds collapse around them. No laws are strong enough to punish people like this. This was nothing but torture.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-17 06:51

      I had to read the article twice to actually believe what I was reading. You SOB's I hope your names are revealed to the public, unfortunately your children,sibblings,family (should you have any) will suffer the wrath which will be piled on you by the public. What was your motive for Gods sake, did you want to see it writhed, twist, squirming in pain. Your licences must be revoked. Hang you heads in shame both of you. I don't know you but I hate you!!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-17 07:52

      Their practice should be burnt to the ground.

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-17 00:13

    This is sickening, I shouldn't have read this. Humans sometimes are dispicable. On the SPCA, I encourage all South Africans to support the SPCA. At the moment they are struggling to make ends meet, financially. If all of us can just give a few rand monthly, then they don't have to worry about money and can give their full attention to the animals. How many times this month alone have we read about the SPCA here on N24...what they do are good and it costs money to do those good deeds.

      nuus.reeder - 2012-10-17 06:23

      Amd there are so many people with more money than they can spend, yet the SPCA, orphanages, etc are always battling to survive. Says a lot about what humanity really is all about - and when we do bad things we say we behave like animals. Ja right!

      mjvandersandt - 2012-10-17 06:42

      And when you are in need of help they tell you "we don't have a vet". What good is an animal shelter without a vet?

      anne.erasmus - 2012-10-17 09:59

      @mjvandersandt The SPCA does not have full time vets because they are unable to pay them - did you read Dan's comment before adding your own? Many SPCA branches have vets who volunteer their time, but only attend to the animals in the shelter. Unfortunately, just as with medical doctors, the private sector offers more monetary reward - something we all seem to think is worth sacrificing our souls for.

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-10-17 03:39

    Name and shame! I want to know who these vet are. As I live in Springs and I most defenatly do not want my animals to be treated by them!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-17 04:19

    I would first like to see proof of these allegations before I condemn the vets. I simply find it too farfetched that anybody in that profession would do such a horrible thing to a defenceless animal.

      Onke.Dali - 2012-10-17 06:21

      Farfetched? Which planet do you come from? People do things like this to other humans and you think it's farfetched coz it was allegedly done to a defenceless animal. As if a defenceless animal has never been harmed before. I hate people who live in a bubble. These vets need to be severely punished!

      nuus.reeder - 2012-10-17 06:25

      There were vets involved in rhino poaching, so sadly, I can believe it.

      carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-10-17 07:53

      Yes, of course we need to see both sides of the story, but hey, some vets have been involved with Rhino poaching etc etc so I have a tendency to believe this story ... there was probably money involved!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-17 08:56

      Probably sold the body parts to sangomas.

      louise.wyk - 2012-10-17 10:49

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-17 04:38

    We don't have all the facts here. I'm sure there is more to this story.

      Onke.Dali - 2012-10-17 06:14

      You more than two disgusting and sick people who should be jailed for as long as possible for what they've done? Please do tell.

  • Yolandi-Louise Labuschagne - 2012-10-17 05:16

    Yes name and shame!!I also live in Springs, and I want to know where my dog would be safe or not. I am truly schocked!!

  • - 2012-10-17 05:46

    Please tell me they will be named and shamed. I'll happily perform similar procedures on them.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-10-17 06:00

    Much as I dislike vervets (I lived in Durban for many years where these little primates were bloody pests in our suburb) I certainly condemn cruelty of any kind towards them - or any other animals, for that matter. Many people tend to forget that animals of any kind also have nervous systems like us humans, also feel pain like we do, hence any person deliberately injuring animals (look, accidents DO happen and which cannot always be avoided) but being deliberately cruel calls for harsh punishment - do unto those who are cruel towards others exactly the same as they did to their victims. Guaranteed, applying the Old Testament law of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth would go a long way in reducing crimes of cruelty by unthinking morons...

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-10-17 06:03

    The worst animals in this story are the ones standing on two legs. Name them, ban them and jail them. As sickening as it is to read, hopefully we will be kept updated on this story.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-10-17 06:08

      Yeah, those ostriches are the worst

      jomar.delange - 2012-10-17 09:07

      @arne - there were ostriches in this story?

  • godesha - 2012-10-17 06:05

    This is shocking and cruel. Vets are supposed to love and care for animals, but then I supposed some of them become vets only for the money.

  • barb.a.humphries - 2012-10-17 06:09

    These people's names should be made public , they are Vets ?may the punishment got the crime, I hope the legal system works on the side of the helpless animals and and not the two psychopaths

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-10-17 06:25

    Name shame and strike them off the roll

  • matt.cumming.77 - 2012-10-17 06:36

    Let them suffer!

  • Shane Kelly - 2012-10-17 06:56

    disgusting should do the same to them

  • sekalf.nroc - 2012-10-17 06:56

    They will get a slap on their hand - they will go home - and they will continue...

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-10-17 07:04

    name them do that we can stop supporting their business!

      sedeshan - 2012-10-17 07:53

      I meant 'so' that we can stop supporting their business.

  • colleencramage - 2012-10-17 07:10

    I suggest cutting the limbs of these so called vets off. That will stop them from doing this heinous crime again. Absolute bastards!!!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-17 07:36

    Name them and shame them, and then scrap them from the roll!

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-10-17 07:42

    absolutely disgusting, enough to piss anyone off, piece of crap!!!

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-10-17 07:50

    F....g speechless !!

  • christel.coetzee - 2012-10-17 07:50

    This is just unacceptable

  • max.maxwell - 2012-10-17 07:57

    WTF? What goes on in some peoples minds?

  • George Kruger - 2012-10-17 08:05

    they must also get butcher, sick just plain sick. bring the vets to me and i will show them a thing or two. hope they rot in hell the bastards!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-17 08:07

    I agre that if these vets are indeed guilty they should face the full force of the law, and the censure of the whole community, but all I said was that I would like to see proof of the allegations. Why should anyone be convicted without trial. Anybody who condemn them now is making a fool of himself. You all sound like you were born in themedieval times and still exist there.

  • jason.rosenstein1 - 2012-10-17 08:42

    What is wrong with these sick people... And vets as well, something doesn't seem to fit?

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-17 09:21

    SOBs!! Let me at them. I will remove a few body parts of theirs quite happily...only I dont have training & I will do it while they are awake. This is just so disgusting!!

  • louise.wyk - 2012-10-17 10:51

    Link to NSPCA page and story, please be warned that the image is disturbing

  • azodiates - 2012-10-17 11:49

    How can people do this? It breaks my heart..

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