UPDATE: 20.06.2017

Allegations Regarding Transnet’s Widespread Cat Poisoning Are Unfounded

Claims made against Transnet for their alleged proposed method of eradicating cats in and around various premises owned by the company are untrue.

The National Council of SPCAs attempted to arrange an urgent meeting with Transnet on 10 March 2017 to address the allegations that were made against the company and to resolve the matter. Failed attempts of communication with the company resulted in a media release being issued by the NSPCA (see below).

Further investigations and eventual correspondence from Transnet confirmed that the allegations of cat poisoning were both unsubstantiated and false.

Transnet have assured the NSPCA that any method used to control or eradicate their feral cat problem will be executed in accordance with the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962.


Appeal For Witnesses

Transnet’s proposed method of eradicating cats in and around various premises owned by the company has met with shock, anger and absolute condemnation by the National Council of SPCAs.

The NSPCA asks what kind of people would advocate cruelty to living creatures on this scale? The brutal, pitiless and ruthless treatment of cats who will suffer or have already suffered terribly, prior to death is inconceivable.

Yet, the “knock-on” effect extends to the secondary poisoning and the suffering of other creatures: – including owls and other scavengers.

Do they care? We think not.

Mirriam Tenyane, the compliance officer for Transnet, has allegedly commissioned a poisoning protocol to operate nationally at Transnet sites where there are feral cats.

Poisoning animals is a contravention of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962.

The NSPCA issued a warning in terms of the Animals Protection Act to Ms Tenyane on Friday 10 March 2017, in which the need to stop poisoning cats with immediate effect was emphasised, failing which, criminal charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act may be laid.

Correspondence was submitted to the Executive Director of Transnet, requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the matter. To date, the NSPCA has received no response or feedback despite additional telephone calls having been made and emails sent.

Whilst it is acknowledged that problems may arise with regard to homeless or “feral” populations of animals, HUMANE methods of control, handling and resolution must be employed.

The NSPCA assures all concerned individuals that we shall pursue this matter relentlessly and steadfastly.

An urgent and heartfelt appeal is made to welfare organisations and caring individuals, including employees of Transnet, to come forward with any evidence of cruelty, poisoning or the mistreatment of any animal by Transnet. Signed affidavits are required.

Anyone with information can contact the NSPCA on 011 907 3590 or nspca@nspca.co.za.

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