The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) was horrified after observing a video and has received numerous complaints from the public regarding the video circulating on social media platforms. The video, which trended widely, depicts the intended slaughter of an animal at a farm in Magaliesberg.
The aforesaid video clearly shows Mr Julius Sello Malema attempting to paralyse a cow by pithing it (i.e., attempting to pierce or sever the spinal cord of the animal so as to kill or immobilise it). It is evident from the video that Mr Malema uses two small knives and inflicts more than 11 stabs and over 60 instances of twisting the knife into the fully conscious animal’s poll.
Mr Malema repeatedly inflicted pain and caused unnecessary suffering to the animal and it is evident that the animal endured significant distress.
The Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 (“the Act”) is a crucial piece of legislation that aims to protect all animals from unnecessary pain, suffering, and cruelty. It is essential that all individuals, including public figures and leaders, who are expected to set an example, uphold and respect these laws.
After a thorough investigation into the contraventions depicted in the video, the NSPCA has laid criminal charges against Mr Malema in accordance with the Act. The NSPCA will work closely with law enforcement and the Prosecuting Authority to ensure a comprehensive investigation and prosecution of the case.
The NSPCA has consistently demonstrated its dedication to protecting and advocating for the welfare of animals across our nation. It is crucial that those who inflict harm upon animals are held accountable for their actions, as this sends a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in our society.
The NSPCA appreciates the continued support and cooperation of all stakeholders in our endeavours.
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National Council of SPCAs
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