The NSPCA has in recent years seen an increase of cruel acts towards animals being posted on social media platforms. Vile acts such as bestiality, maiming, cruelly beating animals, illegal poaching with dogs, live feeding, torturing and animal fights to name a few, not only contravenes the Animals Protection Act no 71 of 1962 but also contravene various other laws, regulations, and ordinances.
A recent case investigated by the NSPCA of an elderly couple who posted a video of them drowning a rodent in their swimming pool after it was found in the pantry. This clearly indicates that there is no specific criteria for self-gratification of individuals to gain more likes on their social media pages.
New methods of cruelty to animals are thought out every day to outsmart the previous post and gain more popularity whilst the sentient beings are at the receiving end of being abused. It is up to the members of public to report these acts and assist in seeking justice for those who cannot speak for themselves.